Former president of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria( MAN), Sam Ohuabunwa has said that the sociopolitical challenges confronting the South East region of Nigeria are symptomatic of a national problem and should be treated as such.
Ohuabunwa, who who spoke with journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, after meeting with the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to inform him of his intention to contest next year’s presidential poll on the platform of the party, pointed out that there was nothing nothing unique in or about the South East, as whatever was happening in the zone was also obtainable in other geo-political zones.
Stating that there was the need to organise the country in a way that would allow for a mutually-beneficial relationship for the constituent parts, Ohuabunwa said: “The issues in the South East are national issues. There is nothing unique about the South East. What is happening in the Northwest, what is happening in the South, North East, what is happening in the Middle Belt?
“They are all symptomatic of the same problem foundational issues with Nigeria. And all we need to do is to look at them as national problems. When you look at them as ethnic problem, we miss it, they are national problems..
“We need to sit down and say, this was not the way our country was run by the founding fathers of this country, then organize this country in a manner that allows for mutually-satisfying relationship.”
The presidential hopeful stated that despite his age, he was well equipped for the task of leading the country, noting that all one needed to function effectively as president was to be healthy in spirit, soul and body.
“There are many young people chronologically, but yet they behave and act like old people because of their vision, because of their worldview,” he declared.