Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, 2nd Republic Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters has expressed his disappointment at a former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, for threatening that Ndigbo would pull out of Nigeria if refused the
Tribune Online reports that Yakassai disclosed this in a text message he sent Sunday to the media.
Yakassai said such “blackmail” should not come from an elder statesman like Ezeife that should appreciate the place of dialogue and persuasion in a participatory democracy.
He said “he was disappointed that Dr Ezeife ascribe to the style of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu that indulged in whipping up ethnic sentiments, despite the dire implications.
Recall Dr Ezeife statement on 2023 Presidency words: “I have said it before, if the South-East is denied presidency in 2023, Igbo citizenship of Nigeria should be forgotten. It is automatic. Olusegun Obasanjo from the Southwest had done it; Muhammadu Buhari is the president now.
“There is no other tribe except the minor ones that has not done it. So, if Igbo cannot do it, Igbo citizenship of Nigeria is lost automatically. And it will be Nigeria pushing the Igbo out of the country like Buhari has been doing. In every way, Nigeria is pushing the Igbo out. The final push is to allow the presidency elude the Southeast in 2023.”
Yakassai said similar utterances in the past resulted in Nigerian civil war, with the concomitant massive destruction of lives and properties.
Yakassai advised that “ the normal way of political advocacy is done through persuasion rather than threats and black mail. At his age, national standing and exposure, I am not happy to hear a person like Dr. Eziefe speaking in the same vain as Nnamdi Kalu and his likes. Nnamdi Kalu is only engaging in rhetoric to appeal to the sentiments of young Ibo people who are oblivious of the consequences of what they do.
“We have experienced this kind of careless mantra that led to the loss of many lives and destruction of many properties during the unfortunate civil war in our recent history.
Yakassai said “the Igbo remained the major beneficiary of the huge population of the country through commerce and industry, stressing that it was incomprehensible for anyone to contemplate the Igbo pulling out of Nigeria.
“I am an ardent supporter of seeing the emergence of a Nigerian president from the South-East geopolitical zone. My stand is informed by my patriotic desire to see equity and justice is done to Nigerians from that area so that like their bretherens from the North and West, they too got the opportunity to have one of their own emerges as the president of Nigeria.
“But, this can only be achieved in a democratic setting through persuasion rather than threats and black mail. Politicking is about debate and exchange of ideas so that holders of different political viewpoints can win the support of their rivals by advancing superior arguments and reasons.