…Ohaneze insists it is the turn of the south to produce nation’s president
Top Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo has reacted to the comments credited to Mamman Daura on rotation of power.
Daura while granting an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday was quoted to have suggested that Nigeria should jettison rotation of power and that instead, Nigerians should elect a president based on competence.
This, however, did not sit well with many, including the Igbo socio-cultural group who described the comments as self-serving.
Chief Emeka Attamah, the media aide to the President General of Ohaneze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, labelled Daura’s comment as selfish.
Attamah in his reactions stated that Daura should have given the advice before general elections in 2019, adding that the statement was coming now that it is the turn of the south to produce President according to the zoning framework.
He slammed Daura for calling for competence, adding that both capacity and rotation fit the South, and in particular the South-East ahead of 2023 general elections.
He said: “All we know is that it is the turn of the South. We have many competent individuals who can steer the ship of this country, particularly among Ndigbo.
“Now that it is the turn of the South to produce the president, they don’t see it in that context anymore.
“He should have said this before the 2019 elections. They ganged up to push President Jonathan aside because they believed it was the turn of the North to produce the president.
“Having benefitted enormously from his nephew, being the President, he now wants it jettisoned because it is the turn of the South.”
The Ohaneze group went further to evaluate the capability of President Buhari and the service chiefs in the country.
He noted in his statement that, “Talking about competence or most qualified, was President Buhari the most qualified Nigerian when he ascended the presidency? Has he proved to be the most competent president?
“Are the service chiefs the most competent among their colleagues to warrant being retained beyond their tenure?
“Equity is a constant flagship for peace and good governance. Without it, there will be agitation and crisis.
“At his age, Mamman Daura should stand for equity and fairness. Moreover, his stand goes against the spirit of the nation’s constitution, which enshrines equality of all peoples and sections of the county.”