The minority leader of the Nigerian Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe warns that no amount of threat against Ndigbo will stop them from demanding equitable treatment in Nigeria.
Senator Abaribe said this, seen as an indirect jab at president Muhammadu Buhari, when he spoke in Enugu on Monday at the inauguration of the Igbonine Organisation, a group advocating a president from the South-East.
President Buhari had recently threatened Igbos with another civil war.
But according to Ababribe, the Igbos have been pushed to the fringes in the country.
He also warned the two major political parties in the country not to use the current insecurity in the South-East to deny the region the 2023 presidential ticket, underlining that no region in the country was immune to the problem.
“Was there no trouble in the North-West when Buhari was elected president? In fact, Buhari was nominated by Boko Haram during President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency as their negotiator.
“No amount of threat should stop Ndigbo from consistently demanding equitable treatment in Nigeria and that which is our due. We are Nigerians and we should be given everything that is due to us, including the presidency.” he said.
Mr. Abaribe further said that only restructuring could resolve the many challenges facing the country.
“If the dominant position in Nigeria today is restructuring, then the minimal demand of Ndigbo in Nigeria cannot be anything less than that of restructuring.
“We cannot be in a country where my own child will be required to score 120 per cent to enter a unity school, while another child from elsewhere will be required to score just two points to gain admission in the same school,” he said.
The outspoken senate minority leader added that what Igbos want is a united country, where they would be emancipated from unfair treatment.