Yerima Shettima, leader of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, has said people of Igbo extraction anticipating the emergence of Nigeria’s next president from their region should extinguish such thoughts as 2023 is not the right time for the region.
Speaking in an interview, Shettima claimed that the Northern part of the country must be allowed to seek justice as had their leaders had spent shorter years in the presidency than those from the Southern part of the country.
He also stated that contrary to popular opinion, the South-East has actually been partly represented in the presidency by former president Goodluck Jonathan due to his Igbo name.
He stated that the Igbo would get the presidency “when the time comes” but stated that the region’s leaders would have to keep in check their fellow individuals who are “threatening the unity of the country”.
“They (Igbo) can’t claim to be marginalised; after all by extension, Jonathan is from South-East as his name is also Azikiwe. The fact that he adopted Edwin Clark as his father does not make him a complete Ijaw man. The South-East even benefited more from his regime than any other region so they can’t claim to be marginalised,” Shettima told the Punch.