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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Igbo must produce president in 2019 – Ohanaeze youths

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council on Tuesday said the Ndigbo must produce the country’s President in 2019.

A northerner could be the Vice-President in 2019, according to the Igbo youths.

The Ohanaeze youth wing spoke after a meeting in Enugu.

“It is Igbo Presidency in 2019 or Biafra 2020,” the OYC, the umbrella body of Igbo youths, declared in a communiqué signed by its General Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike.

Stressing that the Igbo would no longer play the ‘second fiddle in Nigerian politics,’ the Ohanaeze youth wing said it had mobilised all its resources towards the actualisation of the quest for an ‘Igbo President’ in 2019.

The youths noted that their position on the 2019 presidential election was largely informed by the North’s opposition to calls for restructuring as well as the quit order given to Igbo living in the North by a coalition of Northern groups.

“More annoying is the fact that the North, a major beneficiary in this direction, has bluntly refused to heed the call for restructuring, which has been identified as the panacea for the many socio-political problems plaguing the nation.

“Besides, they (North) have also not only continued to express disdain over the demand for Biafra by IPOB and MASSOB, but have also ordered the Ndigbo out of the North based on these agitations,” the communiqué said.

Although the major pro-Biafran groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, had said they were not interested in the ‘Igbo Presidency project’, the Ohanaeze youth wing said a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction would pacify all Igbo, including the agitators.

“Remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to beg Biafra agitators; only a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction will appease the Igbo. Otherwise, Biafran agitation will be inevitable,” the communiqué added.

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