The Ohaneze Youth Council, has said it is the turn of Igbos to aspire and produce the next President of Nigeria.
The group said those “talking about limiting the collective aspiration of Ndi Igbo to only include the South East lack common sense of history and are agents of divide and rule against the Igbo unity”
Speaking after its stakeholders meeting in Enugu, National President of the Council, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka stated that Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) are new generation of Igbo extraction that have discovered that artificial state creation and geopolitical zones in Nigeria has caused greater harm than good to the Igbo race and the unity they desire.
Igboayaka noted that states and geo-political zone creations are concepts of balkanization of the Igbo nation, adding that Igbos are originally occupying 13 states in the South-South, Southeast and North Central Nigeria.
He decried the harm of state creation against Ndigbo, recalling that in 1976, state creation divided Ndoki people into three wherein two communities were ceded to Rivers state and one to Abia state, while another community was ceded to Akwa Ibom.
“Today, the culture and brotherhood of great Ndoki clan have been balkanized, but Ohanaeze Youth Council will not stand by and let this conspiracy to continue.. We must earnestly unify the Igbo race for economic and political advancement. Therefore, any person from Abia, Rivers and Akwa Ibom have the equal right to vie for the president of Nigeria in 2023,” Igboayaka stated.
According to him, Umuine Igbodo in Etche LGA of Rivers State and Umuezeala, Okpala of Ngor Okpala in Imo state, are of the same ancestral fathers, but today Umuine Igbodo is located in South-South, while Okpala is in Southeast. Based on this, Igbos in the South-South, Southeast and North Central shall have the support of Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) to vie for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2023.
“All the communities of Igbo Land, Abia, Anambra, Awka Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Kogi, Imo, Rivers and Benue are qualified to produce a Nigeria President of Igbo extraction in 2023,” Comrade Igboayaka added.