Former deputy chairman, senate committee on environment, Senator Annie Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central senatorial district in the sixth senate, has assured Nigerians of a better deal under an Igbo presidency in 2015.
The senator, who is now the president of Committee 21,aka C21, a socio-political group canvassing the popular mandate for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, gave this assurance in Lagos while speaking with journalists.
Okonkwo said Nigerians should not be deceived by those saying that the Igbo nation is not united on the issue, maintaining that “politics is not only about speaking with one voice, it is more about speaking with several voices about the same issue. “
He said “if there was any issue the many voices of over 50 million Igbos in Nigeria and the diaspora have been consistent and united about, it is the sacred agitation for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.”
The senator said ,” We should not malign this century-old desire with the current excuses that Igbos are not united or cannot speak with one voice,” adding “ What is practical and clearly evident from this misinterpreted scenario is the Igboman’s exemplary passion for national unity above ethnic exclusivity.”
According to Okonkwo, “The ambition for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2015 is not just bones without flesh. It is not a slogan for grand popularity, neither is it a baby song to help us go to sleep and quit disturbing.
“Far from that. It is a political, social and economic reality that the culture of Nigeria as a political entity support since 1914. It has become a necessity that fairness and equity made imperative. It has gone beyond the usual sentiments, intrigues and politics that lack honesty and sincerity.
“If Nigerians still believe and accept that – in brotherhood we stand, then the best centenary affection we can dramatise to cement that resolve is to persuasively buy into the Igbo presidency agenda.