Igbo youths reject Obasanjo's call for S'East presidency, say it's mischievous   
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Igbo youths reject Obasanjo’s call for S’East presidency, say it’s mischievous   

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Igbo youths reject Obasanjo's call for S'East presidency, say it's mischievous   

The recent call by Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the Igbo people to take a shot at the presidential position of the country has drawn anger from youths in the region.

 

Youths under the aegis of South East Youth Vanguard on Friday criticized Obasanjo and his call, saying it rejected “the suspicious and patronising declaration of support by Chief Obasanjo for a President from the Southeast come 2019.”

 

The group said it was mischievous and an act of double standard for an Obasanjo, who according   to the group, frustrated the emergence of an Igbo president in 2003 to now advise the people to target the post of presidency in 2019.

 

The group in a statement by its national coordinator, Jason Njoku, added that Chief Obasanjo’s advice could lead to tension, ill-will and confusion in the country. It argued that the advice would have been regarded as a friendly one from a statesman had Obasanjo treated Ndigbo fairly throughout his eight years reign as Nigerian president.

 

Further accusing Obasanjo of discarding a “gentleman’s understanding of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to do one term of four years” but instead took two terms”, the youths wondered how Obasanjo, who instituted the two-term culture, can be calling on the South East and other zones in the country to get the Presidency at this time “when a northern president is still in his first term”.

 

Read also: Obasanjo urges Ndigbo to take aim at presidency in 2019

 

The statement read in part, “While the South East looks forward to a shot at the Presidency, it is mindful of the fact that there is a zoning formula and understanding in place. The zone is ready to wait for the time when the zoning arrangement would inevitably beckon on the South East.

 

“Therefore, based on the above democratic and patriotic calculations, we of the South East Youth Vanguard, hereby reject the suspicious and patronising declaration of support by Chief Obasanjo for a President from the Southeast come 2019.

 

“Granted that the state of the nation today clearly makes the 2019 Presidency an important issue, the Southeast, however, would not want to be used as a pawn in former President Obasanjo’s many self-serving political schemes,” the group said.

 

Earlier, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Emancipation of Biafra (MASSOB), had also condemned the call by Obasanjo for Igbo presidency in 2019.

 

 

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