Apex socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has claimed that if a president of Igbo origin emerges in 2023, he/she would end the current spates of insurgency and banditry in the North.
According to group, the current feeling in the North among the elders over the handling of insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari was understandable.
The factional Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Isiguzoro Okechukwu, stated this in a statement, on Wednesday.
The statement read in part, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide pledges to Northern Elders and Youths that the Northern Territory of the country will experience a peaceful atmosp. and robust economic development if Igbo succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
“We understand why Northern Elders Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum, focus on getting assurances from the South, of what the North stands to gain if they are allowed to succeed Buhari in 2023.
“It’s obvious that the government’s incapacity to get lasting remedies for the insurgency and banditry in the North is giving northern leadership sleepless nights; but the with Igbo investments worth N22trillion and out of school northern children rising to 19 million from 19 the Northern States, it’s only a disciplined personality with Igbo entrepreneurial bravery and heroism can restore normalcy in the North.
“Arewa Youths do not seem to have a clearer picture of the dwindling fortunes of the North. With reported news of Borno state having two Governors, one led by APC controlled-25 LGAs and ISWAP controlled-5 LGAs, t. are fears of ISWAP taking over the entire North.
“Arewa youths assertion of Northerner succeeding President Buhari will strengthen insecurity in that region and secessionist movements in the South.
“Igbo presidency come 2023 will undoubtedly restore Nigeria to the path of greatness and economic prosperity as Igbo men and women of proven integrity and will power are in abundance to give Nigerians the much needed good governance anchored on economic advancement.”