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Sadly, this is often the case, as the general expectations of the Ndigbo are frequently disappointed due to the reality that the Nigerian system is heavily skewed against them by the reckless and malevolent Nigerian Constitution of 1999. As the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, notably the presidential election, approach, many people, particularly Ndigbo, are eager to replace the nepotistic maladministration of the APC-led presidential leadership.
The Nigerian 1999 Constitution is a militaristic document that was written deftly to supplant the South while also pleasing the North. The previous president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the modifications into law in January 2011 after the marauders who had been administering the country’s affairs agreed to its amendments in response to pressure from the southern region. However, these modifications were far from curing the country’s problems and making the constitution a unique document that should represent the common interest of every legitimate Nigerian citizen.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as Presidents of Nigeria, eventually realised the terrible marginalisation that the fraudulent document was causing to the Southern Nigeria and tried unsuccessfully to get the lawmakers to amend it to include the interests of all geopolitical zones of the country, rather than allowing the North to subtly dominate the South. However, they failed badly because the powers-that-be knew they were merely seeking a strategic balance inside the constitution.
To further highlight that Igbo or the Southern Presidency will not help Ndigbo unless Nigeria is restructured, the Southern Presidency cannot possibly be of any value to the Southern zone. Most of Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet members were Ndigbo, including the Chief of Army Staff, Ihejirika. What contributions did GEJ and the team make to Ndigbo? Absolutely nothing! Regarding the Igbo presidency, the following explains why sentiment should be expunged from this Igbo Presidency narrative or clamour:
The simplest explanation for why it is vital to discourage Ndigbo from voting is that it is the least violent and most effective approach for bringing Nigeria’s Northern elite to the negotiating table in order to restructure the country.
In reality, the North will never embrace regionalism, and we can actually understand their sentiment in this regard. However, we’ll be able to negotiate for other things that will bring light or new dawn to every Nigerian, not just the Ndigbo.
The following benefits will accrue to us as a result of the restructuring:
1. The establishment of fully functional international air and sea ports that meet international standards in the geopolitical zone of the Southeast and its surrounding states, without the North blocking the efforts in the same way it sabotaged the Enugu international airport. Alternatively, this will not be achievable if an Igbo is elected president, since the large majority of Northern Senators will vote against him or campaign against him, and since they hold the majority, they will certainly prevail.
2. There would be a rotational president for the six major geopolitical zones, and the North will not oppose it because oil from the Niger Delta and the Southeast will still be used to supply all Nigerian states. Because the oil from the Niger Delta and the Southeast is utilised to finance every state in Nigeria, the North will not oppose it. When it comes to rebuilding the country, the North has always feared a return to the regional form of governance. However, this will not be the case; regionalism will not reemerge.
3. Strict laws, particularly on importation, that were intended to exploit Ndigbo in Lagos will no longer exist as a result of the reopening of ports in Port Harcourt and the surrounding Southeast region of the country.
4. The money saved through reducing unnecessary spending on government staff and elected officials will be invested in the country’s infrastructure development. Political leaders and representatives will receive the resources necessary to meet their demands as part of their official allowance, as opposed to having free access to the public treasury under the pretext of constituency allowances and state allocations.
5. Our police and armed forces will undergo a complete transformation as a result of the establishment of state police and sufficient military bases in other parts of Nigeria, as opposed to the majority of these facilities being located in the North, resulting in a decrease in the level of insecurity throughout the country.
6. The governors of the several states will be obliged to participate in an investigation into the distribution of funds for the provision of energy, which will result in a considerable improvement in the quality of the electricity supplied.
Nigeria may not become an Eldorado, but she will be a place where businesses can flourish and citizens may pursue their passions in unity and love, regardless of their tribe, in every region of the country.
The Igbo people, as they have for many years, would bear the brunt of the consequences if Obi or anyone else were to become president.
If an Igbo leader is sincere, has moral principles, or has integrity, he or she will not even aspire to become president under a system based on fraud, such as Nigeria, given the garbage that is called the Nigerian 1999 Constitution of the Fourth Republic. If an Igbo leader is sincere, morally upright, and honest, he or she will not even seek to run for president in Nigeria.
Due to the fact that we won’t be voting for at least four years, insisting on restructuring may seem like a long walk to freedom. However, after two terms, if things are done properly, treaties will be negotiated amongst the league of nations within the international community that will either sanction Nigeria or bring her to her knees to accept our demand, which is restructuring, and the latter is likely because Nigeria cannot afford to survive without oil. Ultimately, insisting on restructuring is the best way out of the predicament of Ndigbo, and the most suitable thing for Nigeria.
We have the opportunity to accept restructuring and put an end to our suffering, as well as the suffering of our children and generations yet to be born in Nigeria; alternatively, we can continue to delude ourselves with Obi’s candidacy, which will never change the ugly narrative for Ndigbo even if he is elected President; however, this does not appear to be practical.