Igwe Gerald Obunadike Mbamalu, the traditional ruler of Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, has warned the Buhari administration against actions that would ignite unrest in the Southern part of the which he said is relative peace compared to the North.
He said the EndSars protest in the country is simply the youths saying enough is enough after enduring many years of bad governance and a failed system of government.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Sun, the traditional ruler said he is not surprised that Nigerians are finally taking matters into their own hands.
He said, “I’m not surprised at the recent action of Nigerian youths, because the system of government we are operating has not bettered the lives of Nigerians especially young people.
“Youths have run out of patience and they have decided to take their destiny in their hands and all government needs to do is to listen to them because the future of Nigeria belongs to them. I was among well-meaning Nigerians who had called on our leaders to properly engage the youths, and it is a burden President Muhammadu Buhari must bear.
He said past presidents from across the country except for the Southeast, have fallen Nigeria. He said he remains upbeat that the Southeast region has lots of competent people capable of turning the fortunes of the country.
He said, “When we say power must shift to the Southern part of the country, we are not saying we will present incompetent persons as presidential candidates. There are lots of competent men and women in the southern part of Nigeria that are capable to pilot the affairs of the nation if given the opportunity.
“This arrangement was renewed in 1999 and it has been the ground norm that has sustained the nation’s democracy. 2023 presidency will either make or mar the country. Don’t forget that the South is the only part of the country that is enjoying relative peace and anything that will ignite unrest must be avoided.
“And if you come to the South, the only zone that is yet to taste the Presidency of Nigeria is the South-East. Therefore, it is the turn of Igbo to produce the next President.”