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A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by Kosiso12(f): 7:21am On Oct 13, 2019
A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency

By Muyiwa Adetiba

I had an impromptu lunch at my niece’s place last Sunday. It was at such an inconvenient time that I would ordinarily have let it pass. We had our cultural harvest in church which meant a longer day at church.

Then there was the premier league football match where Arsenal were due to play, and there was a tennis final in China that was featuring two of the exciting next-gen players.

These presented an ideal ‘stay at home’ scenario for me. But the opportunity to spend time with my very gifted niece whom I rarely see, and her genteel sister who was flying out that evening to her base in England, and who was the reason for the lunch, was too appealing to miss.

I thought I’d cajole my niece to tune to sports which, outside basketball, isn’t her favourite past time. But try as she could, her ‘sophisticated gadget’ couldn’t raise the games I wanted. So a crestfallen Kemi admitted that ‘this thing has fallen my hand’ and pleaded for us to watch a new documentary on Netflix instead.

The documentary was titled: ‘The Black Godfather.’ It was on the life and times of Clarence Avant, the black American who transverses the entertainment world of sports, movies and music like a colossus and is mainly responsible for bringing many black talents into prominence.

He later added politics and is reputed to giving a leg up to Barak Obama by facilitating that famous speech at the Democratic Convention which brought Obama into national consciousness. He is known as the ultimate dealmaker, the man in the shadows, The Black Godfather.

In all his deal making life however, he has held on to one unshakeable belief, one credo. It is that numerical value is a key determinant in life. ‘Life,’ he says ‘is about one thing: numbers. Nothing else. Numbers when you are born, numbers when you die.’

Some Northern politicians are currently talking numbers; but in a political context. They are affirming what we all know; that democracy is about numbers. To win an election, you must have the numbers.

And the north has the numbers by virtue of its poorly controlled birth rate. It also has a large mass of sparsely educated people who have an almost blind allegiance to their religion and to their elites.Hence the boast of some Northern elites that the North, if it wants, can rule Nigeria for ever. For this to happen however, we must have to look at other numbers—financial, technological and intellectual—some of the very numbers that the Caucasians have used to rule the world for so long in spite of their limited population.

Were the North to want a permanent hold on political power in spite of these other numbers in a game of brinksmanship, then the South would have to stare the North in the face. It’s not difficult to decipher who would blink first were the stare to be steady and prolonged. It is probably in the knowledge that the North doesn’t have the numbers in critical areas, that a zoning concession was made.

It is not a perfect arrangement because it has held the country down. But it has also held the fragile unity of the country together.

To tamper with the zoning arrangement, is to tease out all other arrangements including federal character, resource and revenue control. Like Mr Donald Trump would say, ‘all options will have to be on the table.’You hold on to your numbers and I hold on to mine.

Zoning means the presidency should come south in 2023. Equity and justice mean it should go to the South-East since the other two zones have had a bite. But our Igbo brothers must realise that it is not a right because it is not in the constitution.

Neither is it a given because all the three Southern zones are eligible.They would therefore have to present a national figure whose policies are liberal and progressive, whose outlook is national and whose antecedence is not parochial.

Apart from a majority vote, such a person must realise that he also needs the buy in of 24 States up to at least 25%. The Igbo do not have the numbers to go it alone just like the other major tribes do not have the numbers as well. The utterances of the Igbo candidate must therefore be conciliatory with the aim of healing wounds instead of opening sealed sores. He would have to allay fears that the Igbos can be team players without the ghost of Biafra breathing heavily on their backs.

He would have to bring up ways of righting the injustices that have plagued and held the country down for so long without damaging the national psyche. A lot of negotiations would be made and a lot of concessions would have to be made before he gets endorsed.

That is the nature of politics. But one concession he should never make is to maintain the status quo which retains power and resources at the centre. To do that would make him as powerful as his predecessors. But it would be a betrayal of what his people have fought for and what the entire Southern Zones have recently been agitating for.

The way the system is set up, I personally don’t think an Igbo President will necessarily benefit the Igbos just as the other Presidents have not particularly benefited their zones. Turning a few individuals in a zone into millionaires is not what benefits the zone.

What the Igbos want I believe, is a sense of belonging and an opportunity to compete fairly in the nation space. This is best accomplished by a loosening up,and a divesting of power, at the centre. But the perception that the Igbos do not share well is not helpful to their cause.They must accommodate if they want to be accommodated.

They must welcome ‘strangers’ into their hearts and homes and businesses if they want ‘strangers’ to welcome them into their hearts and homes and businesses as well. The Igbos deserve the presidency in 2023. As a sign of closure; of inclusiveness; of unity.

But they must reach out.It cannot, should not and will not be given on a platter. It is the highest job in the land. Get it right and we are on the path to recovery. Get it wrong and we are on a slippery roadto bloodshed.

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Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by helinues: 7:22am On Oct 13, 2019
This one is better than the video ones.

Igbo presidency is not matured yet... Her people are not ready to swerve their swords towards other tribes.. Infact, they are creating enemies daily all in the name of been marginalized ( as if they are the only region been marginalized

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Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by Afam4eva(m): 8:16am On Oct 13, 2019
The problem i have with submissions such as this, is that somehow these concessions are only brought up when Igbos are in the picture.

Zoning means the presidency should come south in 2023. Equity and justice mean it should go to the South-East since the other two zones have had a bite. But our Igbo brothers must realise that it is not a right because it is not in the constitution.

Whoever said it was a right. Was it a right when it was ceded to the Yorubas in 1999 or when the South-South had it through Goodluck Jonathan?

Neither is it a given because all the three Southern zones are eligible.
Of course, not just just all the southern zones. All the zones are eligible including zones in the north. This is also not a right because it's not in the constitution.

They would therefore have to present a national figure whose policies are liberal and progressive, whose outlook is national and whose antecedence is not parochial.
Do they have to present a national figure the same way the North, SW and SS did? I don't get. How come we need a perfect indicidual whenever it comes to the Igbos. How about we present the same ineffectual and corrupt leaders like other zones have done.

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Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by TajudinA: 8:31am On Oct 13, 2019
The Igbo's will have to relate very well with other regions of the south to be able to succeed in national politics
Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by meccuno: 8:55am On Oct 13, 2019
When it's Igbo people there are different sets of rules.

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Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by Henry22(m): 8:56am On Oct 13, 2019
Igbo business is now everyone's headache, when will you ppl learn to mind your business and leave igbos to thiers? When they hear igbo all thier pricks stand erect.
Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by capitalzero: 9:56am On Oct 13, 2019
Afam4eva:
The problem i have with submissions such as this, is that somehow these concessions are only brought up when Igbos are in the picture.

Zoning means the presidency should come south in 2023. Equity and justice mean it should go to the South-East since the other two zones have had a bite. But our Igbo brothers must realise that it is not a right because it is not in the constitution.

Whoever said it was a right. Was it a right when it was ceded to the Yorubas in 1999 or when the South-South had it through Goodluck Jonathan?

Neither is it a given because all the three Southern zones are eligible.
Of course, not just just all the southern zones. All the zones are eligible including zones in the north. This is also not a right because it's not in the constitution.

They would therefore have to present a national figure whose policies are liberal and progressive, whose outlook is national and whose antecedence is not parochial.
Do they have to present a national figure the same way the North, SW and SS did? I don't get. How come we need a perfect indicidual whenever it comes to the Igbos. How about we present the same ineffectual and corrupt leaders like other zones have done.


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Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by Charleys: 10:09am On Oct 13, 2019
An old friend of mine also posted a thread here on why igbos can't make it in Nigeria

You need to read and understand. That at the end of the day. The igbos are a minority in Nigeria.


https://www.nairaland.com/4318673/igbos-minority-nigeria-truth
Re: A Game Of Numbers : My Take On Igbo Presidency by Sirjamo: 11:00am On Oct 13, 2019
All these long epistles about Igbo presidency are useless to me. They were persistently warned and made to realize that they needed to support Buhari/APC in the last election to stand any chance of producing the president come 2023 but they wouldn't bulge.

Atiku picked his running mate from south east and got 90% of their votes which wasn't enough. Now, only two scenario can result in Igbo presidency come 2023:

1.If the north make the mistake of trying to hang on to power instead of backing the south west, the SW will feel betrayed and support the Igbo.
Given that Igbo already have the SS and SE in the bag, all they would need is the SW and few States in the north central which has a lot of Christian voters that already hate the APC with passion.

2. The APC give its ticket to Tinubu. This will be a political suicide, because Tinubu is a Muslim, the Christians will feel shortchanged and they would have none of it after just coming out of another Muslim presidency.

Osinbajo, paired with a liberal north Easterner as a running mate is the only way the APC can retain aso Rock. Majority of Nigerian Christians will be comfortable with a pastor as the next president plus the sure votes of the SW, NE and Christians part of North central, it doesn't matter whoever the PDP chose to present!!!

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