Thisday reported that South-South elders declared that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the zone to avert crisis.
The Elders said giving 2023 presidency to the north will tear Nigeria apart, as the expiration of Buhari’s tenure completes North’s two tenures.
Sara Igbe, the National Publicity Secretary of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, said South-South has used just one tenure, adding that it is only fair to allow the zone to produce the next president for another four years to complete the zone’s second tenure.
Reacting, Ohanaeze in a statement sent to THISDAY signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide agreed to support the move by South-South, warning that any move by the government to hand over the presidency to the North will lead to a civil war.
The Igbo group called on Nigerians to unite and produce a Christian President from the South to ensure progress and security, stressing that ‘It is an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari”
The statement read: “The position of the South/South Elders Forum led by Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe on the Northern Aspirations to Succeed President Muhammadu Buhari by undemocratic elements, and any attempt by these Northern cabals to destroy the unconventional agreement of rotational presidency between North and South, will definitely plunge Nigeria into another civil War, civil disobedience and civil Unrest.
“In a multi-facets democracy like us where religion and ethnicity play a major role in our Democracy, OYC advocates in 2023, that Nigeria should produce a Christian President from the South to ensure Progress and Security.
“Its an invitation to anarchy and suicidal for a Muslim North or Muslim South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but definitely a Christian southerner is what is ideal.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide observed that in the twenty years of Nigeria’s Democracy, Igbos supported Obasanjo, Yar’adua, Jonathan and Buhari, and deserve the Support from Nigerians across-the-board especially the Niger Delta in 2023, it’s on record that during 2011 and 2015 Igbo votes for Jonathan exceeded that of entire South/South Votes for Jonathan, the allusion the South/South will do one term is a ruse, as it’s only Goodluck Jonathan that is limited by Nigeria’s Constitution for one Tenure Until he declares interest,2023 Igbo Presidency Project remains the hope of Nigeria.
“We advise Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe to follow up with the footsteps of the leader of Niger Delta, and Elder Statesman, Pa Edwin Clark who had declared support for 2023 Igbo Presidency Project for Peace, Justice, and Fairness, apart from Goodluck Jonathan, every other South/South aspirants are entitled to the Constitutional provision of two terms.so OYC urges Sara-igbe to support Igbo Presidency Project as he observed that Igbos had never been in the saddle 50 Years after the Biafra War.
“OYC wishes to correct an erroneous but false impressions, that North doubts Igbo’s sincerity of Igbo Presidency project over Biafra, as a myth of falsehood created by proponents of instability and undemocratic anarchists fanning the embers of disintegration and unity of our beloved country through promotion of hate and Malice, with evil intent aimed at halting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 through spread of lies against Igbos, who are more Nigerians than tribe with investments worth over 221 trillion Naira in the North.
“We wish to remind Sara-igbe that it was resource control agitation been championed by Niger Delta that led to the compensation for Jonathan’s 6 years presidency. It was the activities of Boko Haram and Insecurity in the North that motivated Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, it was NADECO and OPC militia activities that led to Obasanjo’s Presidency in 1999, so definitely Igbos are looking for Igbo Presidency 2023, and Biafra agitation which includes South-South region is now championed by their prominent son, Alhaji Mujihad Asari Dokubo, who is the Supreme Leader of the Biafra National Council, definitely, it’s the turn of South-South region to support a Nigerian President of Igbo stock 2023 for posterity sake.”\