By Emma Amaize
WARRI — IGBO in Diaspora have urged their kinsmen in Nigeria to work for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 presidential election, saying that he was the only one, given his actions so far, that could facilitate the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2015.
The Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ, Diaspora Support Group, Europe chapter, in a statement by its chairman and secretary, Chief Lambert Igboanugo and Dr. Christopher Ekwonna respectively, said President Jonathan demonstrated that Igbo could trust him with the appointment of an Igbo army officer as Chief of Army Staff, COAS, after 44 years.
The Igbo in Diaspora said they had resolved to mobilise and give maximum support to President Jonathan during the electioneering period because of the appointment.
According to the group, “the recent appointment of an Igbo army officer as the Chief of Army Staff after a period of 44 years and 40 years after the Nigerian/Biafran war despite the Igbo cry of visible marginalisation by past leaders is a vivid indication of things to come to Nigeria during his government come 2011.
“It is obvious for us to understand that as good campaign strategists, that the Igbo hold over 65 percent aces to who wins the presidential election in 2011. Considering the recent appointment of COAS, it is only Dr Jonathan, who knows the most auspicious time to have Igbo presidency and it can be sooner than anybody thinks.
“The dynamism with which the president has chosen to balance the imbalance in the country is a clear indication of what legacy Jonathan wants to leave behind, be it in the area of resource control, fiscal federalism and infrastructural development in the country.
“The Nigerian professionals in Europe see this as welcome news, particularly, the Igbo in our midst, they are jubilant at the choice of professionalism with a mix of zonal sense of belonging,” the statement said.
In this case, he only, has broken the jinx, and the Igbo in Diaspora have vowed to give him maximum support through their relatives, business, political associates in Nigeria during the electioneering period”, they asserted.
According to them, “The GEJ, Europe has assembled its constituency to welcome President Jonathan’s official declaration to run and the grand manifesto, we have already taken a stand months ago to lend him our support because of his total acceptability in the international community and Nigeria”.