A pro-democracy group – the National Salvation Coalition (NSC) – has taken umbrage over remarks by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, regarding the quest by Ndigbo to produce the President of Nigeria in 2023.
el-Rufai had declared recently that Igbo people cannot blackmail the nation into handing over the Presidency to them while they sit in their corner hauling abuses in all directions.
In reaction to that, the NSC told el-Rufai to shut up, as Igbos have formidable array of political bridge builders ready to lead Nigeria in 2023.
In a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend titled “Igbos Have Formidable Political Bridge Builders Ready and Willing to Lead Nigeria”, and signed by its National Coordinator Asuquo Edet and Secretary General, Gerald Bulus, the group queried el-Rufa’i’s motive in his ceaseless bashing of Igbo people and persistent denigration of their contribution to national development since 1960.
The group conceded that while there are some ‘unthoughtful’ Igbo politicians as obtains among other ethnic groups of the country, big and small, including in the North, there are also polished Igbo politicians who fervently believe in the unity and indivisibility of the country and who subscribe to the formula that power flows out from negotiation, mutual amity and consensus building.
The group listed a few Igbo political leaders, arguing that there are several others with Spartan leadership qualities that the country can tap.
It therefore asked el-Rufai to shut his mouth, if he has nothing good to say except to speak ill of Ndigbo.
– Media Report