The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, says an Igbo president would not disappoint Nigerians as he would help develop Nigeria because the Southeast has the requisite talents to do so.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain said this while speaking with DAILY POST correspondent on the sideline of the Newspaper’s 10th Year Anniversary/Awards dinner in Abuja.
He said: “When politics is heavy, you hear all sort of things. What the Southeast is trying to tell other geopolitical zones is that going by equity, good conscience, and natural justice, it’s our turn.
“Our turn because the zoning convention came into force in 1999 which is the Fourth Republic, and it was a very patriotic decision for the harmonious and corporate existence of the country.
“And luckily for us, there are three geopolitical zones in the South, the Southwest had the first turn of eight years, South-south had six years; so the only geographical zone in the South that has not presided over the country going by the zoning convention is the Southeast.
“Going down the line, since 1960, we only had a six month stint. And which out of being immodest, we are the most patriotic ethnic nationality in the country. We are the only ethnic nationality that lives in the nooks and crannies of the country, and we invest; some ethnic nationalities live in the Southeast but they don’t invest.
“We can make a claim that if you count all the ethnic groups in Kano State; after the indigenes, we are the second. If you count all the ethnic groups in Lagos, after the indigenes we (Igbo) are second; in Abuja here, it’s the same thing.
“We are the most patriotic, and we are saying a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction will not disappoint Nigerians. We will bring our industries and enterprises to develop the country.
“By presiding over the country, we will help develop it because we are talented to do so. In this Abuja, we have never been minister; I mean minister that allocates land. We have been minister of State but never minister; but we contributed more than any other ethnic group in developing the city. When a lot of people didn’t believe in the FCT, we came.”