THE only surviving member of the Zikist Movement, Elder Statesman and Minister of the first republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, alias “The Boy Is Good”, has canvassed for Igbo presidency in 2023.
He said, it is only an Igbo man with all round experience that will savage the country of corruption and disunity, if voted as President.
Chief Mbazulike also said that the South-East Zone remained the only part of the country yet to produce a president since the return of democracy in 1999.
91-year-old elder statesman, former Minister of Aviation made the plea at a press conference organised by Global Movement for Igbo Presidency (GLOMIP) at his country home in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, where the group called on him to lend his voice to the Igbo Presidency, said power is not served on a silver platter.
He advised Igbo politicians and the group to reach out to Nigerians in other zones to make the dream of producing the next President in 2023 a reality.
”I have a lot of sympathies for the Igbos as far as producing a president for Nigeria is concerned.
“The South-West, South-South and the North have all tasted it but the South East has not tasted the presidency.”
Chief Mbazulike insisted that nothing was non negotiable, including the unity of Nigeria, especially if the negotiation would bring about equity and also quell agitations by some sections of the country.
He said, “Whatever concerns the betterment of Nigeria, I will always take part in it. I’m the only surviving member of our set.
“We know how hard we fought to achieve independence for Nigeria, and up till today, I still look forward to a better Nigeria. Whatever concerns Nigeria, I will not take a backseat, that is why I accepted when I was told to be a part of this press conference by GLOMIP.
“I am one of those who fought for independence. I suffered incarceration, and apart from being a member of NCNC, I was a member of the Zikist movement, the radical wing of the party.
“I have been in prison many times because of the independence of Nigeria and my first imprisonment was at the age of 21.”
BY SUNNY A. DAVID