Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu and Amby Uneze in Owerri
Incensed by the quit notice issued to Ndigbo resident in the northern part of the country by the Arewa youths, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) rose from a crucial meeting in Enugu yesterday evening with a resolve to mobilise the Igbo to take a shot at the presidency in 2019.
The youth group said they would no longer allow their people to continue to play a second fiddle, noting that itâ€™s either the presidency in 2019 or Biafra by 2020.
They maintained that anything short of either the presidency or Biafra would be unacceptable to them.
Rising from their meeting in Enugu, the group said it had activated all her machineries towards the actualisation of the project.
In a communique issued after the meeting, which was signed by the Secretary General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the group said Ndigbo would no longer play second fiddle in Nigeria politic, and that itâ€™s Igbo president in 2019 or Biafra come 2020.
They described as a sheer injustice and hatred a situation where no Igbo has been allowed close to the seat of power for decades, whereas other geo-political zones have been taking turns either as military or civilian presidents.
â€œMore annoying is the fact that the North, a major beneficiary in this direction has bluntly refused to heed the call for restructuring, which has been identified as the panacea to the many socio-political problems plaguing the nation.
â€œBesides, they have also not only continued to express disdain over the demand for Biafra by IPOB and MASSOB, but has also ordered Ndigbo out of the North based on these agitations. Remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had urged Nigerians to beg Biafra agitators, and only a president of Igbo extraction will appease Igbo or Biafra agitation will be inevitable and if thereâ€™s any conspiracy against Igbo president will bring Biafra into existence.
â€œIt does appear from the above that Ndigbo have perpetually remained the sacrificial lamb to keep this forced marriage together. They have remained victims of an abusive marriage, often beaten, cheated by the husband.
â€œWe have resolved today that this grave injustice cannot continue. It is Igbo presidency in 2019 with a vice president from the North or nothing.â€