The Arewa Youth Consultative (AYCF) has called on Igbo leaders to deal with IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra activists before negotiating for the presidency in 2023.
AYCF National President, made the remark in response to comments by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-political organisation.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Worldwide) had expressed confidence that the South-East would produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
President of the group, George Obiozor stated that they would reach out to other regions to allow the South-East produce Nigeria’s President in 2023.
Reacting, Shettima said it would be difficult to trust the South-East with power amid the call for Nigeria’s breakup.
He said, “If Ohanaeze says they will negotiate, then that is a bit of politics but unfortunately for them, they need to ensure sanity in their region first.
“Nobody will deprive them the opportunity to produce the president being a Nigerian but not when they have one of their own (Nnamdi Kanu) threatening the corporate existence of our nation, Nigeria.
“They have not taken any decisive step to condemn the action and inactions of those criminally minded people, but expect Nigerians to entrust them with power.
“It will be difficult to entrust them with power; it’s better for them to ensure sanity in their home before coming to the table to discuss with those on top so people can say they have shown commitment and not by threats and intimidations, those days are over.”