2023: Group hails Afenifere leader, others for supporting S/East, denounces IPOB

Ahead of the 2023 , the Coalition of Igbo Youths Vanguard Worldwide has commended respected nonagenarian and Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, for consistently supporting the emergence of a president of Igbo extraction in the next general poll.

According to the youths, that singular act was a demonstration of selflessness and unparalleled patriotism, which they said, should be emulated by  prominent individuals across the divide, for , , order and good to thrive in the country.

Apart from PA Adebanjo, who has been consistent in speaking truth to power, the young Nigerians also appreciated the support of all other men and women of good conscience, who recognise the urgent need for an Igbo presidency, as part of measures to cure the manifest injustice against the South East zone.

The youths appealed to other regions, to consider the fact that supporting the 2023 quest for Igbo Presidency, will be in the interest of Justices, which requires equity  for national healing.

In a statement signed by their National President, Dr. Hope Amadi,and National Secretary, Barr (Mrs) Uju Kalu respectively, Igbo youths called on prominent Ndigbo, including politicians, businessmen and women, religious leaders, traditional rulers and other , to close ranks, appealing  against any act of sabotage against the .

While this lasts, the youth group has declared unflinching support for a united, indivisible and indissoluble nation, vowing to mobilise against anybody or group threatening to upset the apple cart, in any way whatsoever.

Against this backdrop, the worldwide youth body has slammed the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, for foisting a baggage on the South East, owing to the perpetration of violence against Ndigbo as well as the Nigerian State.

Among other things, the future leaders have recommended the use of maximum force against the IPOB, predicating their on the proscription of the organisation by a court of competent jurisdiction in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (), sometime in 2017.

The statement reads: “In times of difficulty, where many leaders fail to live up to the billing, we send our appreciation to a pan-Nigerian and chieftain of Yoruba socio-political and cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, for his consistent support for the presidency to shift to the South East come 2023.

“We note, with the greatest respect, the fact that, apart from making a case for the Igbo to have a feel of the presidency, Pa Adebanjo has never shied away from speaking truth to power, a disposition that has earned him a special place in history.

“We also commend other well-meaning Nigerians across board, who have continued to add their voices of reason to that of our elder statesman, to bequeath a nation founded of equity and to the next generation.

“No doubt, the time for Igbo presidency is now, and to achieve it, all hands must be on deck, especially among Ndigbo – home and in the diaspora. There shall be no room for sabotage of any kind, bearing in mind the stereotypes that have defined among people from other parts of the country.

“It is a given that we cannot achieve this dream alone, as we need the support of our brothers and sisters from other parts of the country, who are enjoined to allow reason and valued judgement assume a better part of them, rather than sentiments.

“As a people with a history of unfulfilled agitations, the Igbo must also show cause why we must be trusted with power, against the backdrop of the suffocating violent of the proscribed IPOB”.

They added: “To place the South East on a sound footing for the 2023 presidency, we recommend the denunciation of Kanu and his deviant followers by all Ndigbos , who have chosen the part of destruction. We reject IPOB and all they stand for, as their violent are not a true reflection of who Ndigbo are, and what the stand for, or profess.

“We cannot conclude without calling on Igbo sons and daughters, home and abroad, to declare total and irrevocable support for one united, indivisible and prosperous nation, where and reign”.

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