The chief whip of the Nigerian senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, says Igbos need to eschew politics of emotions to emerge as the president of the country, OduNews reports.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, Kalu said Nigerians are not ready for a president of eastern extraction.
Kalu said the people from the south-east “are not the best politicians”.
“This is not the best outing for us. For you to be president of Nigeria, you need other regions. I’m not sure that Nigerians are yet ready for a president of Igbo extraction,” he said.
“We have five other regions to be able to come up with votes. We do politics with emotions. I want Igbos to stop doing politics with emotions. I want them to do practical politics that will be able to drive Nigerians if we want to be in the community of the nation. We need to read the temperature of other regions.”
Speaking on the scarcity of naira notes, Kalu said he would have disobeyed the president if he was still a governor.
“The crunch was very severe. If I was still in the office of a governor, rightly, I would disobey the president and obey the supreme court. So, the president ought to obey the supreme court. The supreme court is the highest court of our land and I don’t accept anybody to disobey them,” he said.
Sixteen states, including Lagos, Rivers and Abia, are challenging the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The suit, seeking to restrain the federal government from giving effect to the deadline on the use of old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes, was initiated by Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara states.
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