Prof. Benjamin Okaba, the President of the Ijaw National Congress, declared on Monday that the Ijaw ethnic Nation would back a detribalized Nigerian as president in 2023.
Okaba mentioned this during a broadcast on Port Harcourt’s Rhythm 93.7FM, which our correspondent was listening to.
“First and foremost, the Ijaw nation is unconcerned about the 2023 elections because, during our visit to the Presidency, we made it clear that our commitment to the Nigerian project is contingent on inclusion,” he stated.
He further said; “Our position is that we are not yet mature enough for the country’s stability and power rotation. There will come a time in this country when we say, “OK, the president can come from anywhere if he has the capacity, love, and ability to rule.
“However, in a country that is so underdeveloped, political capital is now exploited as a means of development; whoever gains power develops his own place and chooses his own people. The President (Muhammadu Buhari) has his tribesmen running the NNPC and all that.”
“So, we are looking at key issues of restructuring, community policing, the issue of balkanization of our people, particularly places like Akwa Ibom and Edo where in spite of producing the oil, these states are treated as second class citizens.”