President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the political future of Igbo in Nigeria depends on his re-election in 2019.
The president made the assertion at the Southeast mega rally at Dan Anyiam Stadium in Imo State, organized by Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha as notable Igbo leaders in APC in the South East abstained from the rally.
Represented by the Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, Buhari said: “The people of the South East are part of Nigeria and they have the right to make claim where the need arises and we will all support them.
“The Igbo are not good starters. But whenever they start, they can catch it. Let me say this, 2019 is an election that will make or mar the chances of Igbo in Nigeria. I want Igbo to make a paradigm shift.
“We have to know that the position of the presidency is negotiable. You can argue it from the point of strength and not from the point of weakness. 2019 will determine the future of this country. Let me say this, there are 18 Christians and 18 Muslims in Buhari’s cabinet. Even the Vice President is a Christian. I see a whole lot of people coming out to be president. Let me tell them Nigeria is not a Banana republic.”
Speaking during the rally, the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, took aim at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, saying: “In politics, what you see is what you believe. I am impressed with the crowd that I have seen here. It is a sign that the Igbo people love Buhari.
“How many times did they (PDP) invite the Igbo to the ground- breaking ceremony of the second Niger Bridge?
In his remarks, Governor Okorocha said: “We are celebrating the leadership of President Buhari. People have argued that we made a mistake. It is just that in 2015, Igbo did not believe in Buhari but in 2018, Igbo now believe in Buhari.”