The Ohanaeze Youth Council ( OYC) has attributed the agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra to the denial of a Nigeria President of the Southeast extraction for 56 years.
In a statement signed by National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka and made available to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State capital, the Council lamented that Biafra agitation was incited by the protracted injustice and marginalization against Ndigbo.
Igboayaka said that the Biafra agitation took a new dimension under the leadership of Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of the State Services, DSS while undergoing trial for terrorism charges filed against him by the Federal Government.
He said a Nigeria President of South-East extraction in 2023, is a perfect solution to the political differences and errors as perpetrated by Gen. Gowon and Gen. Ojukwu from 1967 to 1970.
“It’s obvious that the new generation of Igbos, those below 57 years old didn’t experience the genocide against Ndigbo, but they have inquired and feel aggrieved why an Igbo person has not governed Nigeria in the past 56 years.
“This prolonged marginalization, injustice and economic strangulation against Ndigbo have formed the opinion in over 80 million Igbo people between the age of 15 to 57 years that Nigeria is not their country. Therefore, they seek actualization of the state of Biafra” Igboayaka stated.
He admitted that a Nigerian President of Southeast extraction, ought be a patriotic call for all right thinking members of the Nigerian society, to pave the way for a new Nigeria.
“It is not in doubt that Southeast has credible and competent presidential aspirants that can unify Nigeria to the path of reintegration, economic development and political stability.”
“Nigerians should come to the path of the present political reality that Biafra agitation is opposite of Nigeria President of Southeast extraction, which the likes of Ogbonnaya Onu, Orji Uzor Kalu, Anyim Pius Anyim, Sam Ohuabunwa, George Moghalu have the patriotic capacity to unify Nigeria” he said.