Richard Ginika Izuora
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Tuesday, August 11, said that it would not rest until the Igbo presidency is achieved in 2023.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Anambra State President of the Ohanaeze, Damian Okeke-Ogene; during an interview with newsmen.
He said that the Ohanaeze was not interested in breaking up of Nigeria; but in realising the presidency in 2023, adding that the latter has become Ndigbo’s right and not a privilege.
According to him, those demanding the creation of Biafra Republic were doing so because of the continued marginalisation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
Okeke-Ogene said, “We are pursuing Igbo president because the executive of Ohanaeze led by Nnia Nwodo has the mandate of Ndigbo to negotiate the Igbo position in Nigeria.
“He wasn’t given a mandate for the Sovereign State of Biafra. That’s why we are saying, give us what is due for us; and Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction is what we are looking for.
“The other aspect of IPOB is because our children seem to find out that Nigerians are not ready to give us what we want; we the elders.
“They are now saying that if you’re not going to answer my father; I am going to tell my father that I am going to be myself.
“They are two different things. Let me tell you, it is coming to a point that Igbo presidency is becoming a right; no more privilege because it is only the South East that has never tasted the presidency; and we have been voting for everybody.
“So, the younger ones are agitating that Nigerians are not ready to answer us.
“If they are sure that Nigerians are going to answer us; I believe that they will calm down. Nigeria is for all of us.”