The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has urged the Igbo people and the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to support the emergence of an Igbo president in 2023.
Ohanaeze also argued that it would be better for IPOB to back 2023 Igbo Presidency which it said was easier, and nearer than Biafra realization.
This stance was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, October 6, by the President and the Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Okwu Nnabuike.
The group said it would inaugurate a new 2023 National Committee on Igbo presidency project, with a clear mandate to reach out to all the youth leaders, opinion leaders, respected statesmen, traditional rulers, religious leaders, women leaders and students in all the zones.
The group equally stated that it would lobby stakeholders in the two major political parties, through strong persuasion to break new barriers and build bridges across the six geo-political zones.
The statement reads, “South East remains an integral part of Nigeria, and in order to address all manner of ill feelings like perceived marginalization and Biafra agitation, Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion know that for unity, justice, fairness and equity to reign; Igbo should be supported to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023.
“It’s glaring to all that Igbo Presidency project is closer to achieve than Biafra realization. The process of achieving Biafra independence is more cumbersome and complicated compared to Igbo Presidency project which is closer and easier.
“Irrespective of the fact that IPOB believes in Biafra independence, United Nations are yet to receive documents on Biafra independence. Or has the European Parliament open discussion on Biafra? We are fully aware of the limitations of Biafra agitation.
“Yes, we have been through economic hardships, through various nefarious activities of some corrupt customs officers who unleashed untold hardship on Igbo importers/exporters and traders.
“That is why we should opt to 2023 Igbo Presidency as a re affirmative action towards our togetherness as one tribe.”