- Following several backlashes over his alleged call for Igbo presidency in 2019, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo clarifies what he said
- Obasanjo said he did not call for Igbo to contest for presidency in 2019, rather he said Igbo are being marginalised and that it is time Nigeria consider putting them in power
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied that he said presidency seat should go to the Igbo tribe in 2019.
Obasanjo told journalists who interviewed him in Abeokuta during his 80th birthday that he only talked about Igbo marginalisation in Nigeria and did not necessarily say that presidency seat should go to South-East in 2019, Premium Times reports.
Obasanjo told journalist that: “Again, I did not say that. You people say whatever you want to say.
“Look, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun state chapter, came to see me here. They asked me to brief them on the situation in Southern Kaduna.
“I have been briefed by Bishop Matthew Kukah who comes from that area. I have been briefed by General Martin-Luther Agwai who comes from that area. I gave them my own understanding of that issue.
“I told them the Southern Kaduna issue is both historical, cultural, religious and political. So if you now want to resolve the issue, you have to take all these issues together.
“And I said the problem is when we fail to attend to something the time we’re supposed to attend to it and then it boomerangs on our face, then we don’t have anybody to blame.
“I said, here in Ogun state, we have a bit of Southern Kaduna problem. I said since Ogun state was created, we have had four elected governors.
“We have three senatorial districts —east, central and west. It has rotated between east and central. And I said west has not had a governor.
“So I said I don’t know when you will get there, but if you don’t get there when you should get there and the west decides to go into agitation then you have yourself to blame.
“I said the same with Nigeria, at independence we had a country of tripod. The north, the east and the west. The north, majority tribe is Hausa-Fulani. The east, majority tribe is Igbo. The west, majority tribe is Yoruba.
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“Hausa-Fulani in the north cannot complain. Yoruba, they cannot complain. Even those who didn’t vote for Obasanjo the first time, they had to accept later.
“I said the Igbo haven’t had that chance. Now, we must be mindful, that we do not ignore that. That must be taken care of. That's all."
Meanwhile, leaders of South-South and South-East Nigeria met in Lagos to discuss marginalisation and restructuring Nigeria.
They met at the Apapa, Lagos residence of elder statesman and Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, where there was both an open-session meeting and a closed-door one.