Ahead of the 2023 general elections, oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze has advised the Ndigbo not to insist on a President of Igbo extraction but one capable of championing their interest regardless of tribe.
He said he would support a leader with conscience irrespective of where he hailed from.
Fielding questions from newsmen on Sunday in Ukpo, Anambra State, after a church service, Eze however noted that it would take God for an Igbo man to become Nigeria’s President.
He regretted lack of love and unity among the Igbo people.
Eze said, “For the Igbo to be President, they must love themselves. Do they love themselves? The North is very kind. If you go to northern Nigerian, you will see churches everywhere.
“There are churches in Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Abuja and others yet they say there is hatred. Do we (Igbo) love ourselves?
“Only God can make an Igbo man President. We shall pray to God to find an Igbo man who has character to help people. I would prefer someone who has conscience; somebody who will remember me. I don’t care where you come from.
“I went to the North, they didn’t know who I was. They gave me $12m for the construction of Kano TV in 1980. I didn’t have one naira then. It was the same thing in Katsina, Borno and Kaduna. Then, they put me in oil business. They didn’t care where I came from. Tell me any Igbo man who can do that?”