- The Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders say the south-south is supporting the south-east’s agitation to produce the president in 2023
- The youths said both geopolitical zones would remain united against any external aggression, as they were brother tied with one destiny
- According to the coalition, only an Igbo presidency in 2023 will restore Nigeria to the comity of nations as truly the giant of Africa
The south-south is supporting the south-east’s agitation to produce the president in 2023, says the Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders.
In a statement released in Ebonyi, following a visit to the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said the south-east’s agitation should be honoured in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the forum’s leader, Dr. Abyie Dogulas, pointed out that the aim of the visit was to express support for the emergence of an Igbo president in 2023, and to strengthen the bond between the south-south and south-east.
He said both geopolitical zones would remain united against any external aggression, as they were brother tied with one destiny. He said they would also protect themselves from the activities of armed herdsmen, even as they remained peaceful and prosperous to attract investors and tourists.
The forum also expressed appreciation for Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council’s robust leadership style towards ensuring that an Igbo presidency in 2023 is not for Ndigbo alone, but that other geopolitical zones are fully integrated into the project.
The statement read in part: “As brothers tied with one destiny, we will remain united against any external aggression and will protect the two zones from the nefarious activities of the armed herdsmen and ensure that the two zones remain peaceful and prosperous to attract foreign investors and tourists.
“For equity, fairness and justice, we believe that the Igbo presidency project will address the current insecurity and economic challenges bedeviling our beloved nation, Nigeria.
“Only an Igbo presidency in 2023 will restore Nigeria to the comity of nations as truly the giant of Africa.
“Niger Delta appreciates the support of the south-east during the Goodluck Jonathan presidency. We cannot forget in a hurry the tremendous support from the Igbo during Jonathan’s era.
“We urge the southwest to allow south-east produce the next president, since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had taken Yoruba’s fair share between 1999 and 2007 and President Muhammadu Buhari has equally honoured the late Chief Moshood Abiola and appeased the south-west with June 12 as Democracy Day.
“The North should honour the gentleman agreement of power rotation between North and South that has existed since 1999, that it’s the turn of the south-east to produce the president in 2023. We urge Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to desist from any political agitation that will make Biafra a success by 2025.”
In a similar development, Legit.ng previously reported that a former governor of Kaduna state, Balarabe Musa, disclosed that the south-east zone should be allowed to produce Nigeria's president in 2023.
Musa said other zones have produced the president since the return to democratic rule in 1999 except the south-east, stressing that anybody or zone that tries to deny it that opportunity, is a troublemaker.
The elder statesman said the presidency has gone to the North so many times, it has gone to the south-west once and it has also gone to the south-south once. So, it remains the south-east.
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