By Chijindu Emeruwa
Apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has heavily criticized Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, over his position on power shift ahead of 2023 general elections.
AKELICIOUS recalls that Mamman Daura, a close relative of President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, while reacted to claims by Nigerians that he dictates and imposes decisions on the President during an interview with BBC Hausa service, stated that Nigerians should always go for competence in picking their leaders.
Daura said, “This turn by turn, it was done once, it was done twice, it was done trice.
“It is better for this country to be one, it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he said.
However, in a release signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, challenged Daura to also ask for competence in all institutional aspects of governance.
Ohanaeze, while agreeing on competence as an essential factor in deciding Nigerian Presidency, opined that zoning had been least considered in the past, coupled with the current mood of the nation.
The Igbo group insisted that igbos has competent sons and daughters to end the myarids of challenges currently threatening the existence of the country.
It said, “Its also a big factor, but that is after Ndigbo, who must present competent candidates to take their turn.
“We agree with Mamman Daura on this competency thing but, why is it coming now? Why not in the past?. Why is he enjoying the fruit of the rot of the past and talking of competence now? Well, we have several competent Igbos for 2023 and I challenge Daura to pick among these galaxy of men and women.
“We also want this competency to affect quota system, educationally disadvantaged area, and other areas that discriminate against some sections of Nigerians and not just in the political sphere.
“Let the Presidency go round first and then, this no- zoning thing and pure merit becomes the greatest factor in deciding our leadership”.
Ibegbu asked Nigerian elites to maintain social, political and economic justice at all times for the nation to develop and be stable.
On the renewed attempt by the Miyetti Allah to set up its security outfit nationwide, Ohanaeze told members of the herders group to restrict it to their states of origin as other zones have either set up or about to set up their regional security outfit, declaring that the group appeared to be restless and attention seeking.