Politicians from the South East have been urged to stop begging for Igbo presidency in 2023 but rather take the bull by the horn and do what is necessary.
A group, known as the Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) made the call in a statement by its National Deputy leader, Ebuta Takon Akor.
Akor who spoke while addressing newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State lamented that the attitude of some Igbo elites in the struggle for the emancipation of the region is nothing to write home about.
He added that many people from the region were ready to support former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 but he chickened out of the race.
“We know they cannot allow anybody from the east to rule Nigeria again, we lost that chance when Jonathan stepped aside without considering the political future of the people of the East,” his statement read in part.
He said instead of begging to become Nigeria’s president, the people of the region should rather join the struggle for the actualization of a sovereign Biafra.
Meanwhile, Naija News recalls a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, says Igbos will join Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to fight for the Biafra Republic if South-East does not produce 2023 Presidency.
The Ex-PDP National Chairman made this statement during an interview with Vanguard newspaper where he lamented that Igbos suffered grievous marginalization in Nigeria and should be given a chance to produce a president for the sake of equity and national unity.
Similarly, Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of the Igbo apex socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has reacted to statement attributed to Mallam Mamman Daura in an interview with BBC Hausa Service in which he was quoted to have said that the election of the president in 2023 should not be based on zoning but on competence.
According to Daura, the zoning formula which had been adopted since 1999 in the election of the country’s leader, has failed.
However, in a reaction to the report, the Ohanaeze President-General through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Emeka Attamah, condemned Daura’s comments, noting that it was unfair of him to seek an end to “rotation” after Buhari and the northern region had enjoyed two terms in quick succession.
Nwodo reminded Daura that the law of equity demands that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.