A former National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chuks Ibegbu, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as an unpatriotic leader whose loyalty lies only in one sect and that is the Fulani caliphate. Chuks Ibegbu alleged that Buhari was more patriotic and loyal to Fulanis and Niger Republic than Nigeria, where he is the president.
Speaking exclusively with Journalists, the former Ohanaeze spokesman, said Buhari would retire to Niger Republic in 2023 due to his loyalty to the country and that the plea by Ohanaeze for Igbo Presidency in 2023 and the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is fallen on deaf ears and that at the end, another Fulani man will emerge as President of Nigeria in 2023.
Chuks Ibegbu noted that Buhari’s loyalty to Fulanis and Niger Republic was behind the decision to construct a railway line from Katsina State to Maradi. He recounted how Buhari, during his tenure as Military Head of State supported a candidate from Niger Republic for a position of the African Union Secretary General, ahead of a Nigerian.
Nigeria is currently constructing a 284 kilometers standard gauge rail line enabling interconnectivity between Nigeria and Niger Republic. When completed, the railway line worth over $2 billion would connect Nigeria with countries in the West Africa sub-region for the promotion of trade and commerce.
However, Chuks Ibegbu said; “When he was the Military Head of State, there was an opening for the position of the Secretary of the African Union, and instead of supporting his fellow compatriot, Peter Ornu, an Igbo man from Nigeria, instead he supported one Umaru, a Fulani man from Niger Republic as the Head of State of a country.
“So, his loyalty is not to Nigeria or Igbos, but to Niger Republic and Fulanis, and this is why he is building a rail line worth over $2 billion from Katsina to Maradi. As soon as his tenure ends, he will return to his country which is Niger Republic.
“Mind you, most of the people ruling us are not Nigerians. Sani Abacha is not a Nigerian, he is from Northern Cameroon. But Gowon, Obasanjo, IBB, Gen Abdulsalmi Abubakar are Nigerians but the others are not including Buhari,” Chuks Ibegbu stated.
However, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has reacted to a recent comment made by a former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, that the South-East is prepared to kneel or bow before every ethnic group to clinch the 2023 presidency.
The CNG described it as nothing but deception. A statement by CNG’s Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the Igbo have by their conduct, denied themselves the opportunity to be trusted with power in the near future.
“The bitter truth is that no matter how low the Igbo are willing to go or how long they are willing to keep their knees on the ground, it will be unreasonable to expect other Nigerian tribes, especially the North, to risk entrusting the presidency in them.
“It is said that once bitten, twice shy and the current northern thinking is beyond the repeated deceptions such as this one by the Igbo which at every turn, results in tragedy.
“We see the recent belated desperation by the Igbo as nothing but an afterthought that is downright unacceptable. It is deceptive for them to make such overtures after having encouraged and supported Nnamdi Kanu (leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB) and the atrocities committed against other Nigerians, particularly northerners by his IPOB.
“If the Igbo must prostrate to anyone, they should prostrate to Nnamdi Kanu as the North has come of age and shall not be deceived or fooled any longer,” CNG’s Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman stated.
Speaking at the United for Better Nigeria Initiative National Convention in Abuja on Saturday, Dr Ezeife noted that one of the ways for a Southeasterner to become Nigeria’s President in 2023 was for the region to swallow its pride and start begging other regions for the presidential seat.
According to his words; “So I found Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other groups in this place talking about the need for federal character. If you do it that way, there will be unity, if there is fairness, equity, justice, you will have unity and progress,” he said.
“In the absence of those, you see where we are now. It is not a matter of to give us president, we don’t give, you have to work for it, the Igbo does not prostrate.
“The Igbo man does not kneel down but this time, we are prepared to kneel down to every part of Nigeria, every group, every ethnic group in Nigeria. We are prepared to even prostrate because we believe in this country,” Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife stated.
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