Nigeria is going nowhere in terms of progress until an Igbo becomes President – Ezeife

Elder statesman and former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife in an interview granted to Vanguard recently in Abuja examines the journey of the country so far as we clock 52 years in a couple of days; he seems to believe that an Igbo president is the only way forward for the country at this stage.

Ezeife laments about the country’s socio-economic and political development in the 52 years and he concludes that the various tribes/nationalities and other social forces in the country must try to salvage what is left of the country this time around or forget about its future.

On the issue of insecurity, while he asserts that it is a common factor all over the world, he thinks the issue of Boko Haram is a peculiar one which has some political undertone. In his words, “But when you talk about Boko Haram, it has several dimensions. For instance, those who said they would make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan if he won last year’s election have exploited Boko Haram.”

However, the highlight of the interview seems to be his stance on an Igbo presidency for the country. According to ezeife, “I wish to state that those who think that they are punishing the Igbos by keeping them out of power are deceiving themselves. It is Nigeria that needs and Igbo President for this country to move forward. Infact, until Nigeria produces an Igbo man as President, this country is going nowhere in terms of progress. Igbos are number one agents of development wherever they may be. They are known for transforming their environment.”

Source: Vanguard


  1. Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife or wat do u cal ursef u must b a big old fool’s in ur generation. U talk aßt ‘Govering NIGERIA. U wia one tym Governor of ur State wat do u do? As a Governor, ur an elderlyman u nid to rest dan to ß waking up 4rm lucrative home wat do u mean ßy if Igbos has nt rule Nigeria da Nigeria. NIGERIA WE PROGRESS ßuy d grace of GOD

  2. U dat call ursef darlinton or wat, u cn’t even coordinate ur statement becos its makes no meaning here. Go to schl and learn how to corodinate ursef ok. With igbo president naija will stand. No igbos no nigeria.

  3. Which other 2015 igbo president? You guys where the one that called Mr President an Igbo man, calling him Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan. And now u are talking about having Igbo president again. You guys @ the helm of affairs of ohananze ndi igbo is entirely confused

  4. The issues here are Justice and Fair play as well as the Fortunes and State of Nigeria. The Fortunes of Nigeria will not remain in the hands of Jobbers and incompetent persons majorly. Most of the best hands that have done exploits in Nigeria are of Igbo extraction not exclusively. So, it stands to reason that a Government Head of Igbo extration is over due. Who is the real Nigerian? Who conives with Foreigners to defruad Nigetria and prefers foreigners? Who? Who builds and developes others States outside his own State? Who makes his wealth outside government office? Who can work with you irrespective of tribe? Who is the best Entetrpreneur? Who depends on government office to make money and he is desperate for it? I pray and wish always for a united Nigeria for thererin lies our dread, greatness, strenght and might. If Nigerians fail to take heed of this advice, the same mighjt Igbos use for their commerce might be diverted for self determination. UN will grant it at the end & several break aways will follow. Igbos are divided today but when face with a common chalenge the cloud might courage. They have the might, wealth, intellectual sagacity etc. That,nobody wants. When life becomes warry of the world it does not lack the courage to take itself. Right now more people are considering joining mosob. We don’t need that we are a beautiful and great Nation. Russia did and where are they today? God bess Nigeria!!!!!!

  5. In case you have forgotten sir, our memories are still fresh, you were the one that told us in 2011 that this mumu is an igbo guy that his name is Azikwe. Is he no more igbo or he has not able to play balls.

  6. Why are you all disturbing yourself, the Man is trying to increase the settlement fee. I have been here for over Fifty years. We are ready to Vote a credible leader but his people MUST present him first. When the time comes some of these Men would behave like CAIN by selling their “birthright” if anything like that exists. YOU ALL WILL SEE. UBA et all. It must happen. But meanwhile let them cleanse the place- Upper Iweka should be safe, Ariara should be safe, Kidnappers should be wiped out. Allh, without Presidency once your Boys behaves well at home you are better .

  7. Ndi Igbo ekele m unu…! Bikonu, ka anyi tukoo aka onu kwado nwanne anyi nwoke bu Chukwuemeka Ezeife..; n’ihi na ndi Igbo bu mgboroogwu Naijiria. My prayer is dat Igbo man is gonna b d next president of Nigeria…wether d devil like it or not. I dn’t give a DAMN 2 wat d Southern or Northen re saying. Daalu nu!

  8. What Ezeife just said is clear. Igbo man is superior. Travel out of this country and see. Even the colonial masters knew that……… Igbos do not need Nigeria it is Nigeria that needs the Igbos. So the earlier they realise that, the better for Nigeria. You do not know the value of what you have until you loose it. The rejected stone is still the chief corner stone.


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