Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Igbos have been presidents, VPs – Bashir Ahmad on Nigeria’s leadership


A former media aide to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, Monday, dispelled the notion that Igbos are systematically barred from management roles in Nigeria.

Ahmad recalled that Nnamdi Azikiwe was the primary President of Nigeria after the nation turned a republic, including that the tribe additionally produced the primary Army Head of State, Main Basic Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, after the Biafra Civil Warfare.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, an Igbo, was Nigeria’s first President after Nigeria turned a republic in 1963. His presidency is critical because it symbolizes the Igbo’s early involvement within the highest degree of the nation’s governance.

Main Basic Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, an Igbo, turned the primary army head of state after a army coup in 1966. His management, though temporary, additional illustrates the Igbo’s position in Nigeria’s political panorama.

He was reacting to a comment by an X consumer, @Solomon_Buchi that Nigeria shouldn’t be one, including that Igbos must be allowed to rule the nation.

Buchi had posted: “One Nigeria till it’s time for Igbo individuals to rule Nigeria. Please, Nigeria shouldn’t be one; it has by no means been, and I’m starting to imagine that it’ll by no means be. Let Igbos be Igbos.”

Responding, the previous presidential aide identified that Alex Ekwueme was as soon as a Vice President to Shehu Shagari earlier than the army overthrew their authorities.

Posting on X, Ahmad wrote: “Dr Alex Ekwueme, one other Igbo, served as Vice President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 beneath President Shehu Shagari. His place as vice chairman underscores the continued political involvement of the Igbo in Nigeria.

“Senator Evan Enwerem, who was Igbo, was elected because the President of the Senate in 1999, marking the start of the Fourth Republic. This position positioned an Igbo on the helm of one among Nigeria’s legislative chambers, highlighting their vital contribution to the nation’s democracy.

“If the above submission doesn’t dispel the notion that Igbos are systematically barred from management roles in Nigeria, then there’s a major problem.”

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