The Indigenous Ethnic Youth Leaders of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all young leaders of all ethnic nationalities in the country, championing the cause of peace, unity and equity, have decided to support a President of southeastern origin in the 2023 presidential election.
On Saturday, March 5, 2022, high-ranking members of the body gathered in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, and discussed the prospects for a southeastern-born president by 2023.
It has been anonymously resolved that the Igbos have been the most important and powerful factor in Nigerian projects, right from colonial times and even across the hills and valleys that the nation has been since independence.
Ohanaeze Youth Council President, Comrade Igboayaka Igboayaka, who was present with his lieutenants, received a marching order from the organization to host and convene a meeting in the southeast for a position statement of the Nigeria’s young indigenous ethnic leaders to make the burning issue of the South East extraction presidency ahead of the 2023 elections.
The meeting was seen as a fait accompli, a place for the official declaration of the position of young Nigerian indigenous leaders on the way forward for the country and for peace, equity, justice and unity in the country.
Attending the meeting were the General Chairman of the Eggon Ethnic Nationality Worldwide, Sir Mandy David Abuluya, Mada Youth National Chairman, Cmr John Umaru Mada General Chairman, Engr. James Bashayi, National Youth President of Eggon, Cmr. Samson Duga, cmr. William Ojigi, National Coordinator of Young Indigenous Ethnic Leaders of Nigeria/Leaders of Thoughts, Cmr. Onkpe Augustine, national president of Akweya Youth Progress Forum, among others.
Recognizing the cream of the APC and PDP South East presidential hopefuls, Mada Youth President Comrade John Umaru and Eggon Youth President Comrade Sampson Duga noted that Mr. Peter Obi of the PDP and the engineer. Ogbonnaya Onu in APC is a credible aspirant who can rebuild Nigeria as a giant of Africa in line with the vision of Nigerian founding fathers like Nnamdi Azikiwe. They noted that with the current state of Nigeria, the economic collapse and insecurity that has ravaged the nationalities and ethnic peoples of the middle belt, they have no doubt that a president of southeastern origin would have the mistaken ability to save Nigeria from ethnic, religious and economic crises.
The National Chairman of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka, frowned upon the inability of Nasarawa indigenous ethnic nationalities to produce the Governor of Nasarawa State, and warned that the marginalization of indigenous ethnic nationalities in Nasarawa would not continue anyone, especially the governorship of 2023 elections in Nasarawa. “Ndigbo will join with all victimized ethnic nationalities in Nigeria to promote justice, fairness and justice, and to uphold equal rights and opportunities for all political interests in Nigeria.
Comrade Igboayaka, National Chairman of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, stressed that the only thing that will guarantee peace and unity among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria is respect for the rights of indigenous ethnic nationalities to power sharing.