The Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu is needed to lead the country in 2023.
The group said Tinubu is a protector of the Southeast and would guide the country on the right path.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the group, Dimm Uche Okwukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, recounted how the former Lagos State governor appointed Igbos into his cabinet during his administration as governor.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu represents many things to different persons and groups. To Nigerians in general, he is one of the authors of this democracy we enjoy today. He put in so much energy as chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, to make sure that Nigeria was returned to democracy in 1999. To Yorubas, he is a home-grown leader. Southern Nigeria sees him as a patriot and foremost unifier.
“Igbo people see Asiwaju as their protector. We remember that as governor of Lagos State, he appointed an Igbo man from Anambra State, Ben Akabueze, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget for eight years, 1999-2007. The import of his gesture was not lost on Igbos all over the world and we are very proud of Asiwaju. Indeed, we call him “Nwanne di na mba,” a brother in a foreign land.
“Ndigbo pray God Almighty grants Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu quick recovery, particularly now that Nigeria is in serious transition. We need him for the unification of the Southern bloc of Nigeria. We need him to mentor the younger generations. Nigerians need Asiwaju to inspire them. We need him to guide us on the right path of democracy. Nigerians want him home in good health.”