Some aggrieved Igbo youths on the platform of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), a socio-cultural organisation of Ndigbo, are currently adding a new twist to Nigeria’s plural challenges. They are claiming that the country might not exist beyond 2023.
While warning against imminent collapse of the country if appropriate steps are not taken to address the myriads of problems bedeviling it, the Igbo youths also insisted that Nigeria may not exist beyond 2023 if appropriate steps are relegated to the background by the authorities.
OYC says it is envisioning what it described as ‘’imminent conspiracy’’ against Ndigbo, pointing out that it is coming on the heels of recent political calculation and permutation by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cede the party’s presidential tickets to the North instead of Eastern Nigeria.
Leader of the aggrieved Igbo youths, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, wants concerned Nigerians to be cautious ahead of 2023 presidential poll as he faulted what it described as ‘’unguarded utterances’’ about the quest of Ndigbo for the Presidency of Nigeria in 2023.
The Igbo youths who are spoiling to cross sword with some political leaders, in a statement, are frowning seriously to a statement credited to the 2019 PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, wherein he claimed that the next presidential election will be basically on credibility.
Obi is a former Governor of Anambra State. For the Igbo youths who do not appear to agree with him, “credibility is the second qualification for 2023 presidential election. The first criterion for 2023 election is for the presidential candidates to come from the East.
“Among the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria, Ndigbo are holding the unity of the country. We have been paying with our blood to keep Nigeria one, and as such, we are strongly of the view that the Igbo people are qualified to lead Nigeria at this time of its fragile unity.
“The apostles of truth, justice, equity and fairness in Nigerian project know that 2023 presidential tournament will determine if Nigeria will go into political relegation or qualify to continue to exist as one entity”.
OYC is describing the current state of the country’s unity as a hungry and thirsty baby, craving for the mother’s attention, hence the quest for a true Igbo man who can succeed President Mohammadu Buhari in 2023.
The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group reiterated that the only one vaccine that would stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is “Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, adding, “Nigeria President of Igbo extraction is a pill, an anti-dote of Nigeria political survival beyond 2023, the only one entrance and one exit for peace and Unity in Nigeria is entrance of an Igbo person into Aso Rock in 2023.
“Nigerian unity is like a baby that is thirsty and hungry and crying heavily, it requires mother’s breastfeed and water to stop the baby from crying, such water and mothers milk is An Igbo person replacing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. The only one vaccine that will stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.
“There is one option left for Nigerians in 2023 either to accept Ndigbo and reintegrate them into mainstream of Nigeria political project or risk the actualization of self-determination call by Ndigbo. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, stakeholders and groups or individuals, other tribes who are aspiring for president should make a choice whether Ndigbo should continue with them as one Nigeria.
“If after the 2022 Presidential primaries, leading political parties did not cede their presidential ticket to Ndigbo, the call for a separate State of Igbo, Nation for Ndigbo will take a different dimension that will shock the globe and will be actualized by every conventional and unconventional instrument”.