21st January, 2022
By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu
A group of traditional medicine dealers, under the aegis of Ofor N’Ogu Ndigbo Amaka Cultural Association, said they will mobilise support for the emergence of an Igbo man as President of Nigeria in 2023.
Chief Anthony Uzokwe, President of the group, told journalists on Friday in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra, that it was necessary to lobby all parts of the country for power shift to the South-East region.
“We are ready to render support to the political class from the southeast geopolitical zone to ensure that one of our own wins the presidential election in 2023.
“We will mobilise support from other parts of the country too. Though we are not politicians, we are citizens of Nigeria and all that affect other people affect us too.
“Our membership cut across age, gender, social class and continents; hence we are well-positioned to use our large membership base to build political bridges across Nigeria.
“And that will make it easy for an acceptable and sellable presidential candidate to emerge from the southeast zone,“he said.
Uzokwe said the association would pray and pour libation to the ancestral forebears for healing, development, peace and justice to be restored to Nigeria.
He said that the ‘Ofor’ mandate which was handed over to them from ‘Agu-Ukwu Nri’ was meant to do good and to eliminate every form of negative and atrocious acts from the land.
Earlier, Chief Chinedu Ihekigbo, Chairman, Diaspora chapter of the Association, said the group was set up to uplift and preserve Igbo customs and traditions.
Ihekigbo said there was the need to ensure that the Igbo culture and tradition were preserved, stressing “it is the identity of the Igbo people.’’
Also, Chief Simon Umeh, Cote d’Ivoire-based patron of the group, appealed to all members to work as a team to achieve the set target of ensuring an Igbo president emerges in the coming general elections.