Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide has advised the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to jettison their quest for the realisation of Biafra independence.
The group further advised IPOB to support the cause for an Igbo presidency in 2023 which it said was easier and nearer to achieving than the Biafra realization.
In a statement signed by both the President and Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike respectively, Ohanaeze said Igbos should be supported to take a shot at the presidency in 2023 for unity, justice, fairness and equity to reign.
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.
Also, Ohanaeze 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. It added that it would appeal to the conscience of the political actors to concede 2023 presidential tickets to Igbo-speaking states, Rivers and Delta states inclusive.
The statement read: “Southeast remains an integral part of Nigeria, and in other to address all manner of ill feelings like perceived marginalisation 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 Igbo that Igbo presidency project is closer to achieve than Biafra realisation. The process of achieving Biafra independence is more cumbersome and complicated compared to Igbo presidency project which is closer and easier.”
The group said irrespective of the fact that Igbos and IPOB believe in Biafra independence, it was aware of the limitations of Biafra agitation.
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