- The Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council called for an Igbo presidency in 2019
- The group said Igbos would leave Nigeria in 2020 if their wishes are not granted
- They insisted they cannot continue to play second fiddle in the country
The Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council has called for an Igbo presidency in 2019 which it describes as the one condition to support One Nigeria and discard the Biafra agitation.
The Punch reports that the youth wing of the apex Igbo group gave this condition in a statement on Tuesday, June 13.
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The group spoke after a meeting in Enugu where it insisted that if an Igbo person is not allowed to be president in 2019, the Igbos would leave the country by 2020.
It said its position was informed by the quit notice issued to Igbos in the north insisting that it will not continue to play second fiddle in Nigeria.
The group said: “A situation where no Igbo has been allowed close to the seat of power for decades is sheer injustice and hatred, whereas other geopolitical zones have been taking turns either as military or civilian presidents.
“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 to 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 Ndigbo out of the North based on these agitations.”
“Remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo have urged Nigerians to beg the Biafra agitators – only a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction will appease Igbos. Otherwise, Biafra agitation will be inevitable.
“If there is any conspiracy against Igbo presidency, it will bring Biafra into existence.”
“One now wonders why Ndigbo will continue to be treated in this manner.
“Two days ago, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, re-echoed the fact that Nigeria is in a marriage. He was quoted as saying ‘Our nation has been in marriage for a while now. Sometimes there are quarrels within that marriage. Sometimes there is disagreement. What is important is that you must remain together. You must remain united.’
“It does appear from the above that Ndigbo has perpetually remained the sacrificial lamb to keep this forced marriage together. They have remained victims of an abusive marriage, often beaten and cheated by the husband.
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“We have resolved today that this grave injustice cannot continue.
“It is Igbo Presidency in 2019 with a Vice President from the North or nothing.
“We are not ready to be treated with levity and disdain in this country any longer, and for that we are calling on all Igbo sons and daughters, both at home and in the Diaspora, to key into this project.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Movement for a New Nigeria (PMNN) lashed out at the Ohaneze Ndigbo for asking Igbos in the north to defend themselves from attack.
The apex Igbo group had called on Igbos in the north to be vigilant and ready to defend themselves following an ultimatum issued by Arewa youths to them to vacate the region.
PMNN said if Igbos could not defend themselves in their states from killer herdsmen, how would they do it in the north.
Watch a Legit.ng TV video below of Nnamdi Kanu speaking about his release and plans for Biafra.