The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso is not a presidential material.
Ohanaeze’s National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia was reacting to a remark by the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP.
Report has it that Kwankwaso had said the Southeast was politically immature to produce Nigeria’s President in 2023.
Saying that the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi would have to be his running mate and not the other way round.
Ogbonnia said the NNPP presidential candidate lacked the competence to assess the Igbos in a comment.
The Igbos were long prepared to produce Nigeria’s president.
Ogbonnia expressed that anybody that had done well in business, and lived in other parts of the country, can rule Nigeria, maintaining that an Igbo president would perform better because they understand the country.
According to him, Nigerians should not doubt the competence of the Igbo nation to rule Nigeria if given the opportunity.
Kwankwaso’s description is unfortunate. He does not know Igbo and lacks the capacity to assess its people. Such a comment is not expected of a presidential candidate.
Igbos have been the pillar that has helped this country to survive so far. He should know that any person who can do well in business and live in any part of the country can succeed as president.
Kwankwaso cannot be said to be the best material the country can have when issues of the presidency are discussed. Except for our parochial nature and the kind of politics we have in Nigeria, I do not think that our competence should be in doubt at any time.