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Please Forgive And Let An Igbo Man Succeed You —APC BOT, Okoloagu Begs Buhari |The Republican News

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths and work to put a southeasterner in Aso Rock when he leaves office in 2023
  • APC BoT member, Okoloagu, a retired brigadier-general, made the plea on behalf of the people of the southeast
  • Okoloagu noted that it is only fair to let the Igbos, the third-largest nation in Nigeria, pick the country’s next leader

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Board of Trustees (BoT), Joseph Okoloagu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he is succeeded by someone from the southeastern part of Nigeria in 2023.

The retired brigadier-general made the plea in an interview he had with a national newspaper, Daily Trust, where he also pleaded with President Buhari to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths towards him.

He said: “I humbly appeal to my revered President Buhari to ignore the hostility of the Igbo youths against him and his administration and be a nobleman, to make sure at the end of his tenure, an Igbo man succeeds him.

Okoloagu noted that for the sake of equality, the southeastern should be allowed to produce the country’s next president in 2023.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that it is fair and proper to let the Igbo have a shot at the presidency. But it can only be done on a party platform. If the party the Igbos are using now is okay to give them the presidency, so be it.

“But if the party they have been patronizing is not strong enough to give them the presidency, what I am advocating is that, for peace, equity and good conscience, there should be a president of Igbo extraction and not necessarily an Igbo president when Buhari leaves office in 2023.”

Okoloagu’s plea came just days after President Buhari on Tuesday, December 17, said that he would not allow anyone to use his name to campaign for votes in the bid to compromise the 2023 presidential election.

The president said this when he was paid a visit by Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) Boss Mustapha alongside his aides to celebrate the Nigerian leader’s 77 birthday.

He promised Nigerians that he will give them free and fair general elections in 2023.

Specifically, the president said he would not make the mistake of attempting a third term and went on to enumerate reasons why he would not seek another term.

Buhari’s announcement has since thrown open the floodgates of intentions among politicians.

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Nigerian, Igbo Economist Becomes First African Elected Into Austrian Parliament |The Republican News

Another Nigerian, of Igbo extraction, sets new record by becoming the first African elected into the Austrian parliament.

Mr Benjamin Enwegbara is an Economist and lives in Austria where he was elected in the just concluded election in Austria.

Reacting to the good news, his immediate senior brother, Mr Odilum Enwegbara said that this is the best news ever for their family.

Mr Odilum wrote “My immediate younger brother, Benjamin Enwegbara…has just been elected a member of the Austrian Parliament. …This is truly the biggest news ever happened to my family. He is the first African to be elected a member of the Austrian parliament,” his brother, Odilim, said. Big congrats to him.

Nigerians have been making waves around the world in different fields, politics, science, business and much more.

Congratulations to Mr Benjamin Enwegbara for his new feats as a member of the Austrian parliament.

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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Of Benin Crowned By The Igbo – Prof. Osuagwu |The Republican News

 

 

By Prof. Osuagwu

 

There is a more poignant point people can make about Igbo linkage to the autochthonous peoples of what we now call Western Nigeria.

Ironically, it is the Ooni of Ife that is making that point, but people lack the background knowledge to understand.

If Eastern Igbo understand that it is the autochthonous Igbo at Igbomokun, aka Ile-Ife, that must crown Ooni of Ife; as they must crown Oba of Benin and the Ezenri, all this ethnic arguments will take a less hostile and quarrelsome form.

The honest and wise current Ooni has, since he was coronated, been trying to draw attention to this historical and anthropological fact.

The press just report him and it ends there. Just two weeks ago; during the Aje Festival, the Ooni had been quoted as pointing out:

  1. Jews came from Igboland and not the reverse and
  2. There are autochthonous Igbo at Ile-Ife, who are related to the Igbo in Eastern Nigeria.

This Igbo he refers to are in fact those that welcomed Oduduwa when he came from the Benin Kingdom, and who still have to crown the Ooni.

Those Igbo who rejected the cultural and the political ideas of Oduduwa people, from whom Moremi saved them, are still there ruled by Olugbo of Ugbo.

Till today, the Oba of Benin pays rent to the autochthonous people he reigns.

We should get to know who these people are.

We should find out why Ezes from Ikwerre, Ohaoda, etc published advertorials congratulating the ruler of these people to whom Oba Bini had stopped paying rent, but was compelled, by the courts, to resume making payments in a landmark ruling in 2017.

Can a prince of Benin; which the Oba of Lagos is, justifiably talk to Igbo about territorial issues anyhow he likes?

Many of the Yoruba picking quarrel will know that the Igbo are their true cousins.

But ignorance on both sides is a disease.

People should listen to Ooni.

God has endowed the Igbo with almost magical attributes, but only the knowledgeable thrives.

 

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