The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the assertion credited to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai, that the South-East area won’t get the 2023 Presidency by insulting and threatening different Nigerians.
In an announcement on Friday by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-Basic, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the group described El-Rufai’s assertion as “idiotic and laughable.”
It said that the 2023 Igbo presidency belonged to the Igbo and the Kaduna State governor ought to cease blackmailing the area and concentrate on the safety challenges confronting his state.
El-Rufai spoke throughout a webinar organised by the Africa Management Group and tagged “Creating a Viable Nation 2”. Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity Home hosted the occasion.
El-Rufai, whereas responding to a query about why somebody of Igbo extraction had not change into Nigeria’s president but, had stated, “I do not suppose anybody has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. However you see, you can not get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victimhood. It is a political course of, and it’s important to interact different elements of Nigeria to persuade them to assist you.
“I believe the South-East goes about it the improper manner as a result of if you happen to have a look at the APC (All Progressives Congress), for example, we do not need many footprints within the South-East.”
However the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, stated, “Nigerians are conscious of the backstage actions of Gov El Rufai because the ‘Idi Amin of the North’, whose curiosity is contradictory to the Northern collective pursuits.
“He’s solely pushing the selfishness of the few cabals deceiving President Muhammadu Buhari with none answer to the insecurity challenges within the north and now spreading within the south. We urge El Rufai to repair the Kaduna State insecurity challenges earlier than discussing the 2023 elections.
“Southeast shouldn’t be alone within the secessionist actions. We’ve got seen Oduduwa and Center belt ethnic teams displaying flags of Oduduwa and Center belt nations, as each teams are in the identical self-determination wrestle because the Igbos.
“We’re conscious that in1999, Nigerians voted for Yoruba presidency primarily based on the injustices meted towards MKO Abiola which introduced Obasanjo Presidency. We’re conscious that Niger delta struggles introduced former President Jonathan to energy in 2011.
“We’re additionally conscious that Gov El Rufai and different northerners used the Northern insurgency to push President Muhammadu Buhari to energy in 2015. It is time to use the 2023 Igbo Presidency mission to finish the Biafra agitation, as any try by El-Rufai and co-travellers to blackmail Igbos with secessionist actions is lifeless on arrival.”
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