Former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakasai, believes the Igbo ethnic group has an opportunity to provide a Nigerian President if it will get the blessing of different components of the nation, particularly the North.
Mr. Yakassai, 94, made the touch upon Friday throughout an look on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.
“There is a good opportunity for Igbos to produce the president of Nigeria in the near future or later,” he stated.
“The political arrangement in the country is such that you need correlation with some parts of the North and South. The Igbo can make a move of getting partners from other parts of the country, in particular the North.
“It is not just to complain; meaningful efforts should be made to reach out to get partners so that eventually they will realise their aspirations; and I think they can.”
The Igbo are one of many largest ethnic teams in Nigeria, occupying the nation’s South-East area, however haven’t been capable of produce a Nigerian President for the reason that nation’s return to democracy, including to the group’s cries of marginalisation.
Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, speaks throughout an interview on October 1, 2019.
Mr Yakasai was talking two days after the fiftieth anniversary of the tip of Nigeria’s notorious civil warfare which was fought over Igbo secession.
Yakassai believes the warfare wouldn’t have occurred if the leaders of the East and the remainder of the nation have been completely different.
“There were personal differences” between Yakubu Gowon and Odumegwu Ojukwu, he stated.
“I doubt if anybody, even the military, contemplated the magnitude of the human and material losses in the country,” Mr Yakasai added.
“People were killed on both sides. It was a huge loss to the country. Nobody can give a correct figure of the total number of people killed at that time and how much is from each side.”