Youths Want More Recognition For South East
The Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has lamented that the South East zone was manipulated out of several leadership positions in Nigeria.
The group, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) from the South-East region of the country in order to give the zone a sense of belonging.
The group, in a statement in Abakaliki on Thursday, which was signed by its President-General congratulated Buhari on his re-election and the new leadership of the National Assembly that emerged on Tuesday.
Furthermore, it called on the South East Governors to work with the presidency to ensure the region benefits from the central government, noting that it couldn’t continue to dwell on what can not be changed.
The statement said: “The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide had watched keenly the manipulated drama and scheme out of South East zone from the leadership of National Assembly, Judiciary and other Security apparatus of the country, but, rather than lamenting endlessly, we congratulate those who emerged as National Assembly leaders.”
“It is the will of the Almighty God, and we the younger generation of Ndigbo accept these realities as an act of fate, and we urge Igbo leaders to shield their battle swords and quietly go into “ime Obi” and restrategize ahead of time for the battle Royal ahead in 2023.”
“We should borrow a leaf from South-West who were in similar situations between 2007 till 2015 before they bounced back in the present moment with President Buhari.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council worldwide wishes to state emphatically for the records, that APC, the ruling party is the amalgamation of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) led by Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, and Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) led by President Buhari before the arrival of the New PDP led by Atiku Abubakar and a faction of APGA led by Senator Rochas Anayo Okorocha.”
“History will vindicate us, that President Buhari and Vice President Osibanjo had represented the interest of the North and South-West. We urge that equity should be balanced in the zoning of SGF to South-East, and we unanimously nominate the leader who was part and parcel of that merger and the leader of defunct ANPP, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, to be considered as the next SGF, for equity, fairness and natural justice and for South-East not to be completely shut off from the Executive Council.”
“We have the implicit confidence that Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has a wonderful enigmatic personality to assist President Buhari to drive the next level agenda. We appeal to the Presidency to allow South-East to replace North-East in the position of SGF since North-East now is having the position of Senate President”
“Igbo Youths will continue to support our South-East Governors led by Governor David Umahi, and urge them to continue to have cordial relationship with President Buhari and ensure that all the dividends of democracy especially those road projects approved by the last Federal Executive Council, for the South-East and existing ones are completed in the second tenure of President Buhari”
“We urge the Governors to appoint youths into their various cabinets. We congratulate all those that emerged Speakers in the South-East, and urge them to enact laws that will end the atrocities of herdsmen in the South-East by ensuring that the dreaded Bakassi Boys are returned with a special mandate to engage the armed herdsmen in the South East.”