- Colonialist of Nigeria, Britain, allegedly handed political power to the muslim north after independence
- The Igbo peoples of Nigeria from the south east, largely Christians and traditionalists are the second largest ethnic group in Africa with a sizeable population also found in Cameroon and Equitorial Guinea
- They are chiefly known for commerce as they command the Nigerian economy organically, spreading into most African countries including, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Cameroon and Angola
- World Trade Organisation DG in waiting, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Igbo
- The Nsibidi ancient writing symbols are believed to have been crafted by the Igbo, Ibibio, Efik and Ekloid tribes
- World-renowned writers including Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are Igbos
- The first African indigenous manufactured car was by the Igbo
- The Igbo region was refered to as ” The Slave Coast” within the Bight of Biafra just for its alleged human cargo quality. The Ivory Coast was for Ivory, and ” The Gold Coast” now Ghana was plundered for its Gold
- Igbos were nicknamed “Bites” by U.S white enslavers, denoting their Bight of Biafra origin
- The Igbo population was one of the princiapl Black tribes heavily depleted during the Slave Trade Holocaust, and most captives were sent to the USA, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize and Haiti
- Enslaved Igbos where known for their rebellious attitude in the Americas and Caribbean
- The first king of independent Haiti was a former slave of Igbo descent
- Igbo Landing- is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. It was the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captive Igbo people who had seized control of their slave ship from their white masters and refused to submit to slavery in the United States
- Igbo Landing – The event’s moral value as a story of resistance towards slavery has symbolic importance in African American folklore and literary history
The Igbo people of Nigeria have not occupied the topmost position of president or head of state since the Igbo military general, Aguiyi Ironsi, last held it in 1966. Some have blamed this blatant marginalization of the Igbos on the aftermath of the Biafra war supposedly incited by the late Igbo secessionist leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu.
A section of analysts further blames this plight on the current agitation of some Igbos for secession from Nigeria to create the much-fantasized land of Biafra, which is spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu.
However, despite these realities, the Southeast governors, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization -Ohanaeze Ndigbo- and other stakeholders from the zone have launched a new initiative to press for an Igbo president in 2023.
The initiative includes a solidarity march on December 27, 2020, as The Nation reports.
The stakeholders also plan to write letters to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support the South East in the quest for the presidency.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chairman in diaspora, Chief, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze,told reporters yesterday in Awka, that Christian clerics from the orthodox and Pentecostal churches would be involved in the march.
It will take place simultaneously in the five southeast states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.
South-East wants “democracy and freedom,” said Anakwensu, chairman Igbo World Assembly and leader of ASA-USA. He also said the geo-political zone has credible and educated persons to lead Nigeria in 2023.
“Our history in Nigeria clearly shows that Ndigbo have always stood for democracy and fair play for all.
“We do not believe or promote religious-based politics and ideology. We want a Nigeria where the majority’s right is balanced with the minority’s right
“We want Nigeria where the various ethnic groups feel that they have a stake in the future of the country.
“We envision a Nigeria where leadership is based on the ability to work hard, where fairness reigns with a sense of direction and accountability to the various groups and for the common good of the country.”
Anakwensu emphasized that it was only fair for the rest of the country to allow the South East to take its turn in producing the president.
His words: “For the good of Nigeria, we believe our geopolitical interest should extend to ethnic regions in Nigeria that aspire to its mission of uniting all Nigeria of like minds, through the concept of standing together for the betterment of the entire Nigeria.
“We believe in alignment. We cannot get presidency by ourselves, even if all the Igbo vote. We are already working with people from other zones and we are in talks with them already.
“Ndigbo and some other regions believe more in a restructured Nigeria. People can feel free to have their aspirations and you cannot stop it.
“There is need to restructure Nigeria to ensure true federalism based on regions or zones. We need Nigeria political structure that is based on equity, fair play, balance and equal access to political power for the good of all Nigerians.”
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: The Nation /Azu Okon/ Cowry News/ News Agencies