The apex sociocultural Igbo group, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has said that Igbo Presidency come 2023 is possible and has the potential to end all secessionist agitations in the southeast.
The factional Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Okechukwu Isiguzuro, stated this in an interview with reporters in Abakaliki, on Sunday.
The Southeastern region of the country has been rocked with protests and violence perpetrated by agitators seeking self-determination. Groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra have been accused of constituting a nuisance through its Eastern Security Network, and numerous sit-at-home orders.
However, the apex Igbo body has said that fielding a presidential candidate from the region would be a good thing and that any efforts to stifle the 2023 Igbo Presidency project would be “devilish” and “wicked”
According to him, “2023 Igbo Presidency is very feasible and any attempts to derail the project anchoring it on the activities of the secessionist agitations in South-East is not only devilish but mischievously wicked.
“The consequences of denying the Igbo the 2023 Presidency will strengthen Biafra agitations and it will sink Nigeria’s corporate existence and threaten its unity.
“The expectation of Igbo to achieve the desired results of having an Igbo succeed President Buhari in 2023 is ongoing.
“The only way to end the secessionist movements and stop them from armed struggle is for the Federal Government to opt for a political solution to the problem of Biafra agitations, which Igbo Presidency is one of it. A Nigerian President of Igbo extraction will end the activities of IPOB.
“Secondly, there are ongoing talks with the Northern Elders and the Arewa chieftains, especially the youths. We believe that the discussions through sincere engagements will change the Northern fears over 2023 Igbo Presidency.
“The major political parties are the targets for Ndigbo to achieve this project; there are backstage activities ongoing that will justify the end of the process of making Igbo realise the 2023 Presidency.
“No politician has openly declared interest in the 2023 Presidency, except former Senate President, Puis Anyim and chairman of Nigeria Pharmaceutical Association, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and that’s in PDP. We are expecting the likes of Senator Rochas Okorocha, Chibuike Amaechi, and others in APC to join the race by 2022 first quarter.
“One of the practical steps to be taken seriously is the engagement of the other sections of the country especially the North. We are building up a new alliance with the North, but definitely, we will achieve this lofty position through building consensus and confidence.”