Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has backed a candidate from the South-East extraction to become the country’s next president.
This was contained in a statement by the Governor on Saturday, noting that there was no point stoping zoning at this critical time when it had been applied in the past.
The governor maintained that the zoning arrangement must be sustained, adding that if it’s reversed at this point, it would be like changing the rules of a game midway.
He said: “We must not do anything that would undermine our existence as one united country.
“So, I support that the zoning arrangement should be allowed to continue so that everybody can have a taste of the pudding.
“I believe that the Igbo have a legitimate aspiration, but what makes their case bad is the threat they always subjected the country to through their agitation for Biafra.
“Biafra is an unfortunate development in the past and it belongs to the past and people should not be rubbing that on our faces.”
Governor Ishaku insisted that Nigeria had passed the stage where somebody should be threatened, stating that “if the Igbos want the rest of the country to trust them and support their presidential bid, they should stop this agitation and caution their children.”
The Governor further stated that most of the people leading the agitation for Biafra were not even born at the time of the war that claimed millions of lives “and they do not know the cost of war and the psychological implications of war.”
He said: “the Igbo must not be reminding Nigerians of Biafra” but instead demand for the presidency, which, according to him, “they have the right to demand for because they are legitimate Nigerians.”