Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has warned that no amount of threat against Igbo people will stop them from demanding equitable treatment in Nigeria.
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.
He expressed that no region in the country was immune to the problem.
Abaribe gave this warning in Enugu on Monday at the inauguration of the Igbonine Organisation, a group advocating a president from the South-East.
He lamented that the Igbo had been pushed to the fringes in the country.
He expressed that every Igbo person believes that they are part of Nigeria and “that’s why we also want to aspire to be president of Nigeria.”
“But, let no one say to us, ‘because of the insecurity in the South-East, the Igbo cannot be president of Nigeria in 2023’. Don’t use different standards for different people in the same country,” he said.
“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 added.