- Igbo youths have kicked against alleged plot to truncate the zone's 2023 presidential ambition
- Senate president Bukola Saraki had said that the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, is supporting Buhari's re-election because he was promised the party's ticket in 2023
- The youths said that the ruling party should not be contemplating returning power to the Yoruba at the expense of Ndigbo in 2023
Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth council on Monday, August 27, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come out clean and explain to Nigerians his alleged pact with the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, concerning the 2023 presidential election.
The Sun reports that this was contained in a joint statement signed after the meeting of Ohanaeze youths by the acting national youth leader, Kingsley Dozie and the deputy publicity, Okey Nwachukwu .
NAIJ.com gathered that Ohanaeze youths also warned that they are not taking the revelations of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in isolation, without due consideration to the interest and place of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
The youths said that by virtue of their communiqué, they are giving President till the September 1, to make public his alleged pact with Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
They said that where President Buhari fails to heed their call, the Igbo youths would not hesitate to declare the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as an anti-Igbo party and its members, enemies of Ndigbo and Nigerians at large.
“If the duo of Senator Bola Tinubu and President Buhari are actually sensitive to the plights of Ndigbo, they will not be silent at such a provocative and dangerous ploy to throw away equity and deny Ndigbo of their turn to pilot the affairs of this nation in 2023 after all our tolerance in the midst of continued provocations”, they stated.
They stated further that if the APC leaders actually believe in one cohesive, indivisible and indissoluble Nigeria, they would not be contemplating returning power to the Yoruba at the expense of Ndigbo taking into account all the sacrifices Ndigbo have made to keep the country’s unity unbroken.
It added: “For the records, Igbo youths will not support any presidential candidate that toys with the unity of Nigeria by deliberately failing to restructure this country as demanded by majority of Nigerians which is the only hope of rescuing this country from its pitiable condition.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), an umbrella of Igbo statesmen intelligentsia led by Professor Ben Nwabueze, told whoever is planning Presidency for Ndigbo in 2023 that Igbo Presidency is no longer on the cards of the nationality.
It was reported that they rather said that what would be more beneficial to Ndigbo and indeed the entire Nigerians is a restructured country, where Presidency would become less attractive and no longer an instrument for ethnic jingoism.
It was also gathered that the group also warned that the country is close to being equated with a failed state given the level of insecurity with attendant killings across states. It also spoke on the popular restructuring mantra and warned against escalated nepotism that it described as ‘political corruption.'
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ILT made their positions known on Saturday, July 28, after two days meeting in Enugu, where the group said the focus of the meeting was anchored on the state of nation and the national question.
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