The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey has explained why an Igbo man cannot become Nigeria’s president.
Speaking on Monday in Lagos, at the public presentation of the Igbo centenary book, 100 Years of Amalgamation: Igbo, What Hope in Nigeria, by a Lagos-based journalist, Peter Anosike, Enwo-Igariwey said he made the assertion because Igbo are not united when it comes to leadership roles.
He noted that Igbo people are hardworking, resilient and law-abiding, but every Igbo wants to be leader at the same time.
“If we can solve this problem by trying to learn from our mistakes and believe that there can only be one leader at a time, then we can succeed as a people,” said Enwo-Igariwey.
He said Igbo had huge investments all over the country and that with all the respect and recognition they had earned, they still lacked unity over leadership tussles, as could be seen even in town union meetings.
He said: “It does not have to be the strongest or the richest. Anyone can be supported to succeed. If we unite, people will be afraid of us.”
Also speaking at the book presentation, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Nwabueze Obi, Executive Director, Cabotage, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said: “We are nomadic. Over 90 percent of our investments are outside Igboland.
“If you go anywhere and do not see an Igbo man, then it is not habitable. If we can channel these gifts to have a united front, we can succeed.”