The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has urged separatist groups, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to stop their agitation for Biafra – a secessionist agenda in Igbo-populated South-eastern Nigeria.
Mr. Okechukwu said he believed that cessation of Biafra agitation and an Ndigbo support for President Muhammadu Buhari could ensure development of the South-East and give the region a chance to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
He spoke at his hometown, Eke in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State during the Egwu Abia Festival on Sunday.
Mr. Okechukwu, a former spokesperson of South-East All Progressives Congress, called on groups agitating for Biafra – IPOB and MASSOB – “to sheathe their swords because their agitation is not in the interest of Ndigbo who are not only doing well in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, but have the high chance to produce Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.”
On the feasibility of Ndigbo presidency, Mr. Okechukwu agreed that the Constitution of the APC had no provision for rotation or zoning, but that convention might offer Ndigbo a good chance if they support Mr. 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 told 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.
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