Joe Igbokwe, a prominent Chieftain of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has recently made a statement that has been stirring up quite a bit of controversy.
According to Igbokwe, the newly elected President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will govern Nigeria for two terms, which is a total of eight years, before transferring power to a northerner in 2031. This bold declaration has been met with mixed reactions from various groups, and it is now a hot topic of discussion among Nigerians.
Igbokwe’s comments are particularly interesting in light of Nigeria’s political landscape, which is already rife with ethnic and regional tensions. The idea of a northern politician taking over the reins of power in 2031, after two consecutive terms of a southern president, raises questions about the delicate balance of power between Nigeria’s various regions and ethnic groups.
This is especially relevant given that Nigeria has a history of coups, uprisings, and violent conflicts that have been fueled by ethnic and religious tensions.
Furthermore, Igbokwe’s statement appears to be a thinly veiled taunt directed at the people of the South-East region, where he himself hails from. This has not gone unnoticed, and many people have criticized Igbokwe for stoking the flames of division in an already fractured country.
Interestingly, Igbokwe’s comment was made in a Facebook post where he was seeking support for the re-election bid of Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo. The post attracted a lot of attention and generated a flurry of negative comments in the comment section.
Many people accused Igbokwe of being insensitive to the feelings of people from other regions of the country and accused him of promoting a political agenda that is harmful to national unity.
Despite the backlash, Igbokwe remains unapologetic about his comments and has continued to defend them. He insists that he was simply stating a fact and that his statement was not meant to be divisive or incendiary. However, many Nigerians remain skeptical of his motives and are concerned about the implications of his words.
Igbokwe’s statement about Tinubu handing over power to a northerner in 2031 has generated a lot of controversy on Nigeria social media space. It raises questions about the delicate balance of power between Nigeria’s various regions and ethnic groups and has sparked concerns about national unity.
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