The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Niger, Dr. Alexander Ibezim, yesterday regretted that the Igbo presidency may suffer a setback with the increasing marginalization of ethnic nationality in the federation.
Ibezim, also an Anglican bishop of the Awka diocese, said the presidency should be about the fairness and competence of the Igbo man in sharing positions and other things in the country, rather than being a gift.
He expressed this concern in a session with journalists in Awka, the capital of Anambra state yesterday, noting that it was very clear to all who know Nigeria well that the Igbo people were being marginalized.
In the session, Ibezim listed the imbalance in the number of states in the Southeast; the lack of representation on the security council and the inability of any Igbo man to have ruled Nigeria before are some of the reasons to believe that the Igbo people were being deliberately marginalized.
He said: “There is no need to talk too much about it. Anyone who is a good Nigerian knows that an Igbo man is outcast. We have been marginalized for a long time. So anything that comes to an Igbo man is like a gift.
“That is why some people are talking about restructuring Nigeria today. It is not an individual matter, but a collective search. The presidency is not about being an Igbo man or not. The main thing is to maintain equity and justice so that the people of the earth are happy, ”he said.
Speaking about the Anambra state gubernatorial elections to be held in 2021, the bishop argued that his church “has been praying for peaceful elections and that a very competent person would emerge.
“Of course, in Anambra State, we have been praying for a competent leader to emerge. We also want fairness in elections. Anambra state is our state.
“Everything in this election must be done holistically so that no group of people feels marginalized religiously, politically or otherwise.
“What we are praying for is for equity in our state. The competition should be the highlight of the choice. Competent leaders must be chosen to govern the state, ”he said.