The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has called on Igbos in South East Nigeria to follow the right path to presidency after 2019, by joining main stream politics.
The Minister said at the 12th convocation lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Anambra State, preceding the university’s convocation ceremony on Saturday, that the main issues that impeded Igbo political advancement were identity and emotionalism which should be addressed.
Chief Amaechi advised the Igbos to focus more on solutions to their political challenges not recriminations as a way forward.
He said: “In what political direction should the Igbos go? Let the quarrel with the north real or imagined stop. Let us join hands as one people to chart the way forward for a brighter future for Nigeria.
The Transportation Minister advised the Igbos to support President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as a bargain and guarantee for Igbo presidency in future contests in Nigeria.
Chief Amaechi said that “votes for President Buhari for a second term are the surest way to fast track the emergence of president of Igbo extraction.”
He warned that ” if Igbo continue to play regional politics by embracing sectional parties without a national broad base, they will continue to produce regional politicians while the presidency continue to elude the Igbos.”
Chief Ameachi said President Buhari’s administration was reconstructing several roads in the South east and railways across the states of the region to improve trade and commerce among the people.
He called on the Igbo nation to engage with others to be able to immerse itself fully in national politics just like Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe did by promoting a United Nigeria.
The President General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo said at the occasion that Nigeria needed to operate true federalism to enable every part to feel a sense of belonging in the country.
Chief Nwodo advised Chief Amaechi to fight for the interest of the Igbos, which he belongs to as an Ikwere man in Rivers state, in the south south geo political zone.