Nigeria’s oldest serving lawmaker, and Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Alhaji Adamu Bulkachuwa, has said giving South East the Presidency is risky because no one can really tell what they are going to do once they get what they want..Adamu who stated this in an interview with Daily Trust, said the South East are desperate for the Presidency even to the point of threatening the country. He said when such happens, the possibility of an hidden agenda cannot be ruled out.
Responding to questions on claims that giving Igbos the presidency would end secession agitations, he replied, “This comes back to what I was saying,” making reference to his interview with Channels, where he he said, ‘There are people who feel democracy is not good enough for them and they want to devise their own means of belonging to this entity called Nigeria and if they don’t have their wish, they’ll let Nigeria go to pieces.’
“Intimidating Nigerians to say, ‘look, give them and let’s see what is going to happen.’ Who will take that risk?” he questioned.
“They want the presidency to shift to the South East, that is why they are intimidating everybody.”
On whether the South East should be allowed to produce the next president, he said, “You don’t dash the presidency on a platter of gold to anyone. Let them produce whoever they think is worthy of becoming president and from whichever party. If Nigerians accept the person, good.”
Bulkachuwa also defended his previous comment where he said during an interview with Channels TV, that Igbos deserve death and not the Presidency.
He said,” The truth of the matter is that nobody will be forced to remain in Nigeria, but the way to exit is not by killing innocent people. What they should do is to negotiate for their exit. Several countries have done it without killing people or making governance almost impossible.
“I said if they chose to go the same route of the civil war, of course the Nigerian government will have no choice but to go the same way the war was fought. Most of the people making comments misquoted me. They did not watch the interview.
“I have been around since independence and have seen the country’s journey to nationhood. So I must tell them the truth.”