Elder Statesman, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has accused some Igbo elders of blackmailing President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over to a person of Igbo lineage in 2019.
Mohammed opined that such a plot will never work as he is against the regional zoning, adding that what happened when the north “stupidly handed over power through former President Olusegun Obasanjo to Goodluck Jonathan” will not repeat itself.
“We avoid what has been seen and heard from the South South and South East and the very people, the ones we expect to be sensible, who have held certain positions in this country, like John Nwodo and Edwin Clark, are now fanning the embers of disunity.
“Imagine, they are blackmailing Buhari. I want to assure you that they are not going to succeed. We stupidly handed over power through Obasanjo shenanigans to Goodluck Jonathan.
“He did very badly. Now, some people are saying we have to repeat the same mistake by handing over to an unidentified Igbo man because it’s their time to be the President of Nigeria.
“We have tried the rotational system and it has not worked. I can’t see how we can blindly follow, even when we have tried it and failed.
“They say the classical definition of madness is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different outcome.
“Zoning or rotation to me is madness and as long as we make it the main mantra for the leadership of this country, we are going to be in serious trouble.”