Just like the popular biblical question of john the Baptist to Jesus on whether he is the messiah they’ve been waiting for or should they look forth for another, may not be far fetched from Ndi Igbo that are seriously agitating for a restructured country since their son Peter Obi have been picked as a Vice Presidential candidate of Alh.
Atiku Abubakar the PDP Presidential standard bearer. Before the general election in the country especially the Presidential candidate of the PDP extraction have been singing the song of restructuring probably with the intention to douse the arousing tension of Igbo Presidency which at the emergence of Atiku Abubakar saw to the picking of the former Anambra State governor Peter Obi as his running mate but the emerging fears of Ndi Igbo is whether they’ve traded their agitation for restructuring with Peter Obi.
There is no doubt to say that over the years the former Vice President Alh. Atiku Abubakar have been a friend of Ndi Igbo and clearly understands the social,economic cum political interest of this region. This is one of the reasons he enjoys the support of this region but one would’ve thought that his political permutations would’ve made him choose somebody from the South West as his Vice Presidential candidate and not from the South East since he is assured of getting their votes but he chose the latter which raised some dust and a careful observation may seem that the much agitated restructuring have been made manifest through the candidacy of Peter Obi.
The South Eastern part of the country where Ndi Igbo occupy over the years have been bedeviled by several agitations by various groups ranging from MASSOB,Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and IPOB over the issue of marginalization when it comes to Presidency amongst other issues. The region became a loud voice in the issue of restructuring over the rotational presidency among the regions in the country.
Atiku is likely to have played politics with Ndi Igbo and their restructuring agitation by picking their own son of which he knows that he might lose the support of this region if he had done otherwise but truth be told a Vice Presidential slot for Ndi Igbo is not actually a wrong idea but can’t the region get an additional state to equal to other regions,manage their own resources,control the policing of their own areas and above all produce an Igbo President if not now but in 2023?.
Just until the presidential tribunal decides or probably the supreme court on who actually won the 2019 Presidential election, Nigerians and Ndi Igbo in particular may have their hopes hanging on whether the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari will blink an eye towards their agitations owing to the statistics of votes he got from the south east region.
For now let’s keep mum and our fingers crossed and observe the unfolding realities of Ndi Igbo and restructuring with Atiku.