Imo State-born frontline politician, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu says
there is no going back on the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo
extraction in 2023.
Chief Iwuanyanwu stated this while speaking at the 81st birthday
celebration of political maestro and 4-time Senator, Chief Francis
Arthur Nzeribe at his Haven of Peace country home, Oguta, weekend.
He reminded guests at the event that the celebrant, Senator Nzeribe
always made a strong case for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction,
even as he argued that the restructuring of Nigeria was long overdue.
“The northern part of Nigeria has ruled the country more than the South.
Presently, power is still in the North. In 2023, being eight straight
years of the North holding unto power again, under the administration of
President Muhammadu Buhari, it is expected that power will shift to the
South. When you come to the South, the South West and South Southern
part of the country have both produced Presidents. It is therefore the
turn of the South East to produce the President of this country, come
2023 in the interest of equity and fairness. These are among the things
Senator Nzeribe fought for, in his active days in the Senate and the
time has come for its realization. This is non-negotiable.”
Speaking on the person of his age-long friend, Senator Francis Arthur
Nzeribe, Chief Iwuanyanwu described him as a strong and dependable ally,
who stood firmly in the defense of the South East and everything just.
In his remarks at the event, Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald
Irona, testified of the philanthropic and patriotic activities of
Senator Nzeribe, describing him as a blessing to the country.
Earlier in his speech, Chairman of the occasion and former Vice
President of City Bank, United States, Chief Austin Obigwe described
chief Nzeribe as a reliable partner, who has made the country proud
“Senator Nzeribe is very reliable. He is a phenomenon. His credentials
are very intimidating. He is honoured globally and has always made the
country proud. Love him or hate him, he is not someone you take for
granted. He is a dogged fighter and always consistent in whatever he
sets out to do.”
Adding his voice, Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji
Collins expressed gratitude to God for the person of Senator Nzeribe,
describing him as a special blessing to Imo State and the country at
Wife of the Governor of Imo State, Lady Ebere Ihedioha, Senator
Nzeribe’s wife, Lady Joan Nzeribe, former Minister for Aviation, Dr.
(Mrs) Kema Chikwe, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State, Chief
Chris Okewulonu, Federal and State lawmakers, Serving and former
Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, businessmen and women, as
well as other stakeholders, all poured encomiums on Senator Nzeribe,
while praying God to continue to keep him alive, in good health.