Ahead of 2023 general elections, former minister of information and communications, Mr Frank Nweke who is also All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate in Enugu state, has called for Nigerian president of Igbo extraction to allow sense of political inclusion for the Igbos in Nigeria’s mainstream governance.
He made this call during a lecture series organized by Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), held at Princess Alexandra’s Auditorium (PAA) on January 19th 2023.
The lecture series which was titled “Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics and Development in Igboland”, was graced with high principal officers of the school, the Vice-chancellor represented by Prof. Uche Okpoko, other dignitaries and students of the school.
The guest lecturer, Mr Frank Nweke during his speech emphasized on the necessity of equal representation of the south-east region at the federal level.
According to him, it will bring political and industrial development to the region. He however lamented that the south- east region has been neglected and only few persons are recognised in mainstream governance.
The former Minister however decried the personal acts of some of the leaders saying they pursue self interests and neglect the public they represent.
He stated, “Electing an Igbo president is, first of all, an end in itself, before it is a means to an end.”
He therefore pleaded for good governance and active participation from the Easterners as he said it will become a dream come true for many indigines.
Nweke stated that if an Igbo man becomes the next president of Nigeria, who will walk in the footsteps of Micheal Okpara of the 20th century, the entity of Nigeria can work again.
“Our attention must be on instituting a leadership structure that can be trusted and held accountable to deliver the dividends of democracy to the region,” he said.