Only a president of Igbo extraction can make Nigeria progress – Kanayo O Kanayo

Nollywood veteran, Kanayo O. Kanayo has claimed that only a president of Igbo ethnic extraction can make Nigeria progress.

The actor, in a recent interview, noted that the way to defeat the crisis the country is facing is to ensure that an Igbo person becomes the president of Nigeria.

He lamented the marginalisation of the people of the Southeast, arguing that an Igbo person has the right to contest any national position in the country as against what was allegedly portrayed in the last general elections.

“I remember during the elections last year, some people said the Igbos want to take over Lagos. How can we take over Lagos? For what when we have an ancestral home we come from?

“But then most of us don’t want to go back. And it’s only in Nigeria that it happens. A New Yorker is a New Yorker regardless of where they come from.

“So if we abolish state of origin in Nigeria, we will be better as a country. What has it got to do with state of origin when you’re employing somebody? It’s the IQ we’re looking for.

“So being Igbo has become an endangered specie. Because I’m now judged by where I come from, not by what I have to offer.

“The content is what should be looked at. So in the larger entity called Nigeria, there has been a division, nepotism orchestrated by many people for political, economic and religious purposes.

“Being Igbo and being a Nigerian to me, is like running at opposite courses. It looks like the [civil] war never ended.

“The day you give an Igbo man the presidency of this country, that is the day Nigeria will discover why it is Nigeria. Economically, people would begin to say Hallelujah.”