The Ndigbo group separatists; Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has been urged to end their Biafra agitation in order to produce Nigeria’s President in 2023.
The recently appointed Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, said he believed that cessation of Biafra agitation and Ndigbo’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari could ensure development of the South-East.
Mr. Okechukwu said this during the Egwu Abia Festival at his hometown, Eke in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State on Sunday.
According to him, who was the former spokesperson of South-East All Progressives Congress, the agitation for Biafra is not in the best interest of Ndigbo who are not only doing well in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, but also stands a better chance to produce Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
He therefore called on IPOB and MASSOB to sheathe their swords and join together to support Buhari’s administration.
Speaking on the feasibility of Ndigbo presidency, Mr. Okechukwu agreed that the Constitution of the APC had no provision for rotation or zoning, rather the convention might offer Ndigbo a good chance if they support Buhari till 2023.
“In the public domain, there is the law, with its legal teeth and the convention with its moral weight,” he said.
“If Ndigbo collectively support the Buhari administration, we stand to gain as most of the dilapidated roads, 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu Coal will be fixed. I therefore plead with the boys agitating for Biafra to consider the overall interest of Ndigbo who are doing relatively well in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
“Therefore, if we support Buhari, nothing will stop us from harvesting the moral weight of zoning convention, since equity and justice is on our side. For our brothers of the South – West and South South have had their turns since our return to democracy in 1999.”
He informed his kinsmen that the Buhari administration will soon commence work on the Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways, which were captured among others in the 2016 budget.