- Asks MASSOB, IPOB to stop Biafra agitations
By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, yesterday said Ndigbo from the South-east geo-political zone would have the chance to produce the president of the country by 2023 if they support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okechukwu therefore asked all pro-Biafra agitators especially the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to stop their agitation for sovereign state of Biafra and support President Buhari in the overall interest of the people of the zone.
Speaking at his hometown, Eke in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State during the Egwu Abia Festival, the immediate past spokesman of South-east APC leadership caucus said the Buhari administration will soon commence work on the 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressways, which were captured among others in the 2016 budget.
He called on groups agitating for Biafra – IPOB and MASSOB – to sheathe their swords because their agitation was 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.
Asked how feasible the chance of Ndigbo to produce a president is, Okechukwu agreed that the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no provision for rotation or zoning, but convention gives Ndigbo a good chance if they support President Muhammadu Buhari till 2013.
“In the public domain, there is the law, with its legal teeth and the convention with its moral weight.
“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 noted.