Apex Igbo socio-cultural youth organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has charged prominent Igbo leaders to unite and ensure the region gets presidency in 2023.
The group urged all Igbo presidential aspirants to begin consultation with other geopolitical zones in the country to facilitate and ensure the emergence of an Igbo president in the coming elections.
In a communiqué signed by Mazi Okechukwu isiguzoro, President General of the group, and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General, the group declared that nothing would prevent the Igbo from getting the presidency in 2023.
According to the statement, members of the group in diaspora had promised to raise millions of dollars by the end of 2022 to support whoever the youths nominated amongst the current Southeast governors, or former governors as the Igbo presidential candidate.
Ohanaeze gave this statement at the end of the 2019 Igbo day celebration held in Aba, Abia State, on the 28th and 29th September, 2019.
The group also commented on the closure of Akanu ibiam Int’l Airport Enugu for about 34 days without any rehabilitation work going on.
“We don’t want to believe that there are sinister motives and intentions by the Ministry of Aviation, to infect untold Economic hardship and sabotage the efforts of South East Governors to the successful upgrading of Enugu Airport to full Int’l Airport by putting all the night landing facilities to accommodate Int’l flights during the Christmas period,” it said.
“We are alerting President Muhammadu Buhari and South East Governors of non Commencement of Work in the Airport.
“If no Contractor is seen on the site between one week of this public condemnation there will be heavy Protests and Civil disobedience in Abuja and across the Igbo speaking States against the minister of Aviation on this matter.
The Igbo youths passed Vote of Confidence on the South East Governors led by Gov Dave Umahi on the resolutions of the forum on the recent ban on movement of cattle by foot in the South East.
“We give special thanks to the Enugu State Governor, RT Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the implementation of 1700 Forest Guards to tackle the insecurity challenges emanating from the activities of criminals masquerading as herdsmen. Igbo youths will now deal decisively to any erring pastoralist from 1st October 2019.
“We should let the Army know that they should suspend any operations in the South East or put human face in the next operation python dance in the South East, since there are no insurgents in the South East.
“The military should focus on the North East and West to settle the insecurity challenges emanating from Boko haram activities and banditry. We will not accept any illegal activities of Military officers in the South East that may lead to the untimely death of any youths.
“We urge all Biafra agitators to shelve off any plans of protests as Army will begin operations in the nearby future”, the group said.