Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has supported the calls for Igbo presidency in 2023, urging South-Easterners to forget about Biafra agitation.
Ishaku noted that there is no need to stop zoning since it had been applied in the past, saying it would be like changing the rules of the game midway.
“We must not do anything that would undermine our existence as one united country,” the Governor warned as quoted by Sun.
“So, I support that the zoning arrangement should be allowed to continue so that everybody can have a taste of the pudie.
“I believe that the Igbo have a legitimate aspiration, but what makes their case bad is the threat they always subjected the country to through their agitation for Biafra.
“Biafra is an unfortunate development in the past and it belongs to the past and people should not be rubbing that on our faces,” he added.
He said Nigeria had passed the stage where somebody should be threatened, insisting that if the Igbo “want the rest of the country to trust them and support their presidential bid, they should stop this agitation and caution their children.”
The Governor further noted that most of the people leading the agitation for Biafra were not even born at the time of the war that claimed millions of lives “and they do not know the cost of war and the psychological implications of war.”
He said the Igbo must not “be reminding Nigerians of Biafra” but instead demand for the presidency, which, according to him, “they have the right to demand for it because they are legitimate Nigerians.”
Daily Times reports that they have been agitations by some prominent south-Easterners for Igbo presidency for 2023 elections.
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, In August, said that Nigeria would see a great transformation if an Igbo person is elected as president in 2023.
Former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife stated in an interveiw with the Sun in March, that if Igbos are denied presidency in 2023, they will know they are no longer Nigerians if denied presidency in 2023.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu had said last year that there is no going back on the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.