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|Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by nairavsdollars(f): 6:59am On Dec 10, 2018|
By Temidayo Akinsuyi
Prince Tony Momoh, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) and former Minister of Information in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI speaks on restructuring, the 2019 general elections and other crucial issues. Excerpts:
Few weeks to elections, there has been upsurge in the attacks by insurgents on our military. Are you not worried that we may have returned to the pre-2015 era where the elections were postponed by six weeks owing to raging insecurity especially in the North- East?
How can we return to pre-2015 era in terms of insecurity? Before 2015, Boko Haram was controlling more than 20 Local Government Areas with their flags flying in those places and they were also collecting taxes from the residents. According to the information we have now, there is no part of Nigerian soil today where Boko Haram has the audacity to fly a flag or start collecting taxes from citizens of Nigeria. So, we are definitely not in pre-2015 era. But one thing nobody can deny is that it is impossible to predict the flow of unconventional warfare. These insurgents watch your movements and attack when you least expect. Look at ISIS West Africa now. It is not only Nigeria that is suffering the war against insurgency, it is happening in most of Africa and other parts of the world. But that is no reason why there shouldn’t be peace in Nigeria. We should bear responsibility for the state of security in Nigeria. Security is not only the duty of the Federal Government or the military; it is the responsibility of everyone. So, while one accepts that in recent times, there have been unfortunate killings of our soldiers by insurgents, we cannot say because of that, the security situations is unmanageable or compare it to how it was before this government came in.
Some Nigerians are calling for the sack of the Service Chiefs by the President. Are you in support of this?
Those saying so are entitled to their personal opinions. But security matter is not a marketplace issue for discussion. Whoever is in charge of assessing the security situation will know what lapses exist and how to address them. The last option available may be changing the guards but if it is not necessary to do that, then they won’t be changed. Nobody should be rushed into taking decisions that will not be advised by the situation we have on ground.
The 2019 campaign has started. Do you think APC crisis which arose as a result of its primaries especially in Imo and Ogun will affect your party’s chances?
Every issue arising from disagreement has their positive or negative effects. One thing running through is that there is no state that has issues with President Buhari. All issues are internal but starting from the issue of the presidential campaign, there is no area where Buhari is going to lose as a result of the issues which are basically local. That is my assessment of the situation. I still believe that Buhari has done enough to win massively in the 2019 elections.
Do you see Atiku as a threat to President Buhari in 2019?
No! The fact is that Atiku is entitled to contest just like other presidential candidates. All the other presidential candidates believe they will win the election. I have seen people who ordinarily believe they cannot win their wards saying they want to be President. But I think that the critical challenge will be the PDP because it is a national party and it’s been on ground. Also, Atiku is a very experienced politician and he has been around since the 90s. He was Vice- President for 8 years and this is the second time he will be contesting for presidency at the national level, the first time being 2007 under Action Congress (AC). So, he has enough materials to be judged on and of course, I saw his Policy Documentation and I think his plans are good enough. I believe the election will be based on issues, not on individuals or name calling. One thing I was not excited about was when Atiku was presenting his documentation on NTA was when one of the coordinators said that since 2015, Buhari has done nothing. I think that is an area that a lot of people will question because those who are gaining from the school feeding programme from the farmers to the cooks cannot say Buhari has done nothing. If the chairman of the Rice Farmers Association said there were 5 million rice farmers in 2017 but now, they are 13 million which means 8 million additional farmers have been created, is that not a positive development?. So, how can anyone say Buhari has done nothing? The truth is that in the last three and half years, APC has done enough to grow Nigeria, stabilise the economy and diversify our sources of earnings. If all these things are true and somebody now says nothing has been done, then you have weakened your case. So, I believe candidates should base the elections on issues. Don’t be preoccupied with what others failed to do. Just tell us what you want to do and how to improve the situation on ground.
Do you think Buhari still enjoys goodwill with which he came to office in 2015?
There is hunger in the land but if you pray to be fed, the answer to that prayer is food. You either grow it or buy it. Look at what we are growing and how much we have saved fighting importation of food and growing food. We have also saved a lot with the school feeding programme through people in the area growing the food and women in the area cooking the food. All these are areas of meeting the hunger problem.
You admitted that Nigerians are hungry; do you think President Buhari’s economic policies are responsible for this?
No! I told you that the answer to the prayer to be fed is food. Yes, there is hunger in the land but do you know how much we spend in importing rice everyday and how much we save trying to grow the rice? You cannot say because you are hungry and today, you want to plant food today and then harvest it and eat it today. In nature, there is no accident. There is no shortcut in nature. I interviewed Fidel Castro when I was Minister and I also spoke to Jerry Rawlings, those two leaders mobilised their people for productivity. You know the sacrifices their countries had to make and the tough choices they had to make to be able to feed themselves. Then you will know that when there is hunger in the land, you do not go to the church or mosque to pray for food to come without growing it. You need to have money to buy the food or you have to grow the food to eat. Nobody can say that the Buhari administration has not faced agriculture frontally and that the harvest has not been commendable.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan said corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration compared to how it was three years ago. He said this is because EFCC has recovered more money under Buhari’s government than it recovered while he was President. What is your take on this?
Is it not money that you have hidden away that can be recovered? What about those who dug holes in their parlours and put money there? What about the ones they put in soakaways or graves? Is it not through investigations that EFCC can recover these monies? How much money was recovered in the time of Jonathan and how much has been recovered now is not the issue. The issue is, if I come to your office and I want to discuss business, do you tell me this is how much I will pay and I put my hands in my pocket or go and source for the money and pay you? When you talk of corruption now, you see people looking behind to check if EFCC is watching them. The awareness that corruption is evil is a great achievement by the Buhari administration. Nobody is bold enough now to sit down to discuss corruption. How many Nigerian leaders can boldly say ‘ I have integrity and I have never been involved in corrupt practices? They are very few. If the whole body of a nation is rotten, there is no way we can save that nation. But if the head is not rotten, there is hope that the body may be cured. Nobody has associated Buhari with corruption both here and in the international community and that is a very good plus for this country.
The presidency is saying Igbos should support Buhari and get the Presidency in 2019 while others are saying it is the turn of the South- West. What do you think is responsible for this confusion?
I shoot from the hip. Democracy has to do with votes. One thing is certain; in 2023 the presidency will move from the North to the South. So, it can go to the South-West, South-South or South- East but you earn it by providing the votes. If you don’t vote, who is coming to beg you? Nobody is coming to beg you to take freedom. I said it before in the South East, you have APGA, PDP and APC. In the South-West, you have PDP, APC mainly. In the South- South, you have PDP and APC mainly. Since the presidency will go to the South-South, South East and South- West, it is the zone that produce the bulk of the votes that will make the difference that will have it. It is the zone in the South that produce the bulk of the votes in 2019 who should be considered on the basis of what it has contributed. Nobody is being begged, nobody should be begged and nobody is going to be begged to take the presidency in 2023. You are to earn it. I have said it that it is better for the South-East to align with APC now and provide the volume of votes to qualify them for consideration in 2023.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Kingosytex(m): 6:59am On Dec 10, 2018|
this is the very first time an APC chieftain is making a reasonable statement. momoh is much wiser than the combination of oshiomole and other blood thirsty APC chiefs- i mean thieves.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Imortal001(m): 7:00am On Dec 10, 2018|
Ok, after buhari na igbo man now. but they gat all this biafra things stock in some little mind.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Umueme: 7:04am On Dec 10, 2018|
See this fool o.
When Bubu visited the monarch of Borno state he told him that you cannot leave the capital and head 5km in any directionwithout getting captured by BHT.But this fool is saying otherwise.About SE presidency,this is democracy.Evn if SE does nt give APC a single vote,the presidency will be zoned there.SS and SW have done their part.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by JasonScoolari: 7:06am On Dec 10, 2018|
This old pussycat is trying to be smart, but he's just being foolish.
The SE will produce the next president after H.E Atiku Abubakar and there's nothing you or your demonic miscreants can do about it.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Omololu001: 7:09am On Dec 10, 2018|
True word, the way I see it, the presidential candidate of the APC will be from the south west while that of PDP will be from south south, a lot of yeebos on nairaland said it will still be an aboki that will rule in 2023, so I don't think yeebos are ready to rule, they will be considered in 2039, and that's if they are ready
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Ehiscotch(m): 7:14am On Dec 10, 2018|
Sorry. I think that adjective suits you better. Atiku ( if he manages win) doesn't guarantee an SE president either.
The old man is right, (whether PDP or APC) the igbos must fight for power and not wait till it is handed to them.
Do you Saraki, Tambuwal and co are just some pawn you can throw around? The kwankwaso's and Dakwanbo's didn't defect only to lose their primaries and wait for the SE to rule.
Man. Nigerian politics has gone beyond that. If you keep screaming marginalisation, then you'd stay marginalised.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by hisexcellency34: 7:19am On Dec 10, 2018|
The man is right. Why should anyone be begged to take the presidency ? You fight for it!
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Omeokachie: 7:19am On Dec 10, 2018|
Momoh is not a credible person.
He should not rejoice yet that Nigerians have taken pity on his children and not deal with him like he asked for in 2015.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by OneManLegion(m): 7:21am On Dec 10, 2018|
This man addressed all the questions in an intelligent manner. Politics is a game of numbers and interests. So while it is true that the president of a heterogenous state like ours must not be found to be biased against one part, nevertheless, there has to be a reward for loyalty even if there won't be a punishment for betrayal.
You don't expect a person who contested thrice with your son as his running mate, whom you roundly rejected upon no patriotic reason, to "carry your matter for head".
Quid pro quo
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by nnachukz(m): 7:21am On Dec 10, 2018|
Presidency this and presidency that. As if those that have it have achieved anything meaningful thing with it.
We should yearn for a better country regardless of who is there.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by dunkem21(m): 7:23am On Dec 10, 2018|
The North will vote Atiku so as to stay in power beyond 2023
I support them
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Bloggerlord: 8:57am On Dec 10, 2018|
I personally think it's not about the tribe that is there I strongly believe it about the mindset of the person in the sit...... All what momoh is saying is what has been said in the past.. I strongly believe that we should get to know a brief history of the person been brought up to represent us and see he's capability of handling Nigeria situation
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by coolgisi: 8:58am On Dec 10, 2018|
this is all bullshit from apc propaganda
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by tossie101(f): 8:58am On Dec 10, 2018|
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by chiagozien(m): 8:58am On Dec 10, 2018|
We dont care about zoo president all we want is to be one our own.
Yorubas and hausafulanis hate igbos yet still want to share the same country with them.
No election in east come 2019.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by seyigiggle: 8:58am On Dec 10, 2018|
in recent years, Igbos have never been close to power as offered by PDP. I hope they make good use of such advantage.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by deepwater(f): 8:58am On Dec 10, 2018|
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by melanch(m): 8:59am On Dec 10, 2018|
I liked this man before. I don't know wy I'm feeling indifferent now. Ok i know. Bye.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Gosj01(m): 8:59am On Dec 10, 2018|
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Afonjas: 9:00am On Dec 10, 2018|
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by BlackPantherxXx: 9:01am On Dec 10, 2018|
They should get the seat in 3030
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Racoon(m): 9:01am On Dec 10, 2018|
And what have the regions who have been privileged to have the presidency benefitted? The NE and NW have contributed the highest burden of socioeconomic, politico-military problems to the Nigerian nation.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by ejimatic: 9:02am On Dec 10, 2018|
nairavsdollars:. If the South East does not work harder they will miss presidency in 2023. I don't know why they are happy with vice presidency.what they should do now is to support Buhari till 2023 and take their power immediately..... the future of the Igbo's is in their own hand.if they like they should be wasting it.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Sholaco: 9:02am On Dec 10, 2018|
Give them biafra jor....or they take it by force....Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is already on their side...trump and queen of England including yahaya jamel and Paul Biya will help biafra get the job done.....Mugabe will not be left out
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Zi: 9:02am On Dec 10, 2018|
Imortal001:You don't know him. Buhari will never hand over power to an Igbo man. Never!
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Okoyeeboz: 9:04am On Dec 10, 2018|
2039 is the turn of the middle belt.
Igbos would rule in 3048 if they cooperate.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Okoyeeboz: 9:04am On Dec 10, 2018|
3030 is too early for them.
The rate at which they are going, the earliest they can get it is 3038.
|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by cyril10(m): 9:04am On Dec 10, 2018|
Ibos should not fall for the lies of APC, we all know that Tinubu and his co-travelers are angling to take over power in 2023.
It will not work for them.
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|Re: Nobody Will Beg Igbos To Take Presidency In 2023 – Tony Momoh by Juliusmalema: 9:05am On Dec 10, 2018|
Igbos done turn hot cake oooo
Hypocrisy is too bad Mr momoh.
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