*North Doesn’t Need Your Deceitful Kneeling, Begging For
2023 Presidency, Northern Groups Reply Ex-Anambra
*The CNG described it as nothing but deception
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has reacted to a
recent comment made by a former Governor of Anambra
State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, that the South-East is
prepared to kneel or bow before every ethnic group to clinch
the 2023 presidency.
A statement by CNG’s Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman,
said the Igbo have by their conduct, denied themselves the
opportunity to be trusted with power in the near future.
“The bitter truth is that no matter how low the Igbo are
willing to go or how long they are willing to keep their knees
on the ground, it will be unreasonable to expect other
Nigerian tribes, not least the North, to risk entrusting the
presidency in them.
“It is said that once bitten, twice shy and the current
northern thinking is beyond the repeated deceptions such as
this one by the Igbo which at every turn, results in tragedy.
“We see the recent belated desperation by the Igbo as
nothing but an afterthought that is downright unacceptable.
It is deceptive for them to make such overtures after having
encouraged and supported Nnamdi Kanu (leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB) and the atrocities
committed against other Nigerians, particularly northerners
by his IPOB.
“If the Igbo must prostrate to anyone, they should prostrate
to Kanu as the North has come of age and shall not be
deceived or fooled any longer,” Suleiman said.
Speaking at the United for Better Nigeria Initiative National
Convention in Abuja on Saturday, Ezeife noted that one of
the ways for a Southeasterner to become Nigeria’s President
2023 was for the region to swallow its pride and start
begging other regions for the presidential seat.
“So I found Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other groups in this
place talking about the need for federal character. If you do
it that way, there will be unity, if there is fairness, equity,
justice, you will have unity and progress,” he said.
“In the absence of those, you see where we are now. It is
not a matter of – to give us president, we don’t give, you
have to work for it, the Igbo does not prostrate.
“The Igbo man does not kneel down but this time, we are
prepared to kneel down to every part of Nigeria, every group,
every ethnic group in Nigeria. We are prepared to even
prostrate because we believe in this country.”