The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has on Sunday stated that it will inaugurate a Newly constituted 2023 National Committee on Igbo presidency project.
In a press statement made available to Lanre News by the Secretary-General of the group, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the newly constituted committee is expected to reach out to stakeholders in the two major ruling party in Nigeria, APC and PDP.
The statement in full below;
(1) Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide will on 1/11/19, inaugurate the Newly 2023 National Committee on Igbo presidency project, with a clear mandate to reach out all the Youth leaders, opinion leaders, respected Statesmen, Traditional Rulers, Religious leaders, Women leaders and students leaders across all the Zones, within a limited time frame,but after then start to lobby Stakeholders in the two major political parties,APC and PDP through strong persuasion to break New barriers and build bridges across Six Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria,by continuous appealing to the Conscience of the political actors to concede 2023 Presidential tickets to Igbo Speaking States including Rivers and Delta States.
(2) South East remains an integral part of Nigeria, and in other to address all manner of ill feelings or perceived marginalisation strengthening Biafra agitation, Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion knows for Unity, Justice, Fairness and Equity to reign, Igbos should be supported to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023,its glaring to all Igbos that Igbo Presidency project is closer to achieve than Biafra Realisation/independence,
The process of achieving Biafra independence is more cumbersome and complicated to Igbo Presidency project which is closer, irrespective that Igbos believes in Biafra independence because of the economic hardships, through the nefarious activities of some corrupt customs officers who unleashed untold hardship on Igbo importers and exporters and traders,
We are aware that United Nations are yet to receive documents on Biafra independence, or has the European Parliament open discussion on Biafra, We are fully aware of the limitations of Biafra agitation, So Igbos will opt to 2023 Igbo Presidency as are affirmative action towards our togetherness as one Nation even tongue,tribe and religion may differ, Igbos are everywhere in 774 Lgas,it shows Igbos are more Nigerians than any tribe.
(3) We have petitioned to international bodies on the sinister motives behind the Closure of Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport Enugu for 43 days now without a single rehabilitation work going on there, after our observations through the strong resolutions and warning to the Minister for Aviation,Sen Hadi Sirika last week, the General Manager Corporate Affairs, Mrs Herrietta Yakubu hurriedly dished out Press release to the public that work will soon begin till now Weeds have taken over the airport,We appreciate the untiring efforts of South-East Governors led by Gov Dave Umahi on getting palliative care of Igbos on the closure of Akanu Ibiam Int’l airport,
Lastly, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to give Presidential order for the ministry of Works and housing to rescind on the obnoxious policy of erecting toll Gate in our federal highways, because Igbos cry over dilapidated Federal highways in the South East which had worsen during this raining season,its adding salt to injury by erecting toll Gates on bad roads,imaging erecting toll Gates on Enugu-Ph roads (Aba Axis) which is a death trap or a toll Gates on Aba/Calabar Expressways overtaken by Bushes and hunters are having a great day,or a toll gate on ontisha/akokwa/okigwe Expressways which is now a trekking routes only for bicycles and motorcycles,
Is it Abaomoge Ugep Road, or ohafia/Arochukwu/Calabar Expressways which the only bridge connecting Abia State had the only bridge connecting Abia/Akwa Ibom/Cross River had collapsed,or Enugu Onitsha Expressways that you will erect toll Gates and expect Igbos to pay… Federal Executive Council on its valedictory sessions on May 22nd 2019 approved the Expansion and rehabilitation of Aba/Calabar Expressways road, Rehabilitation of Ikot Ekpene/Umuahia Expressways, dualization of Owerri/Umuahia Expressways, dualization of Aba/Owerri Expressway, Abaomoge Ugep Road, and the same Minister Fashola is there yet to commence work on any of these roads, erecting toll Gates will send wrong signals, Presidency should suspend and scrape such obnoxious policy its Anti people’s policy.