MASSOB, Igbo youths demand Igbo Presidency come 2023

By AdvocateNews on 30/10/2020

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Igbo youths and pro-Biafra  organizations in the South East have joined the call for the emergence of a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.

This was contained in a paper presented to Igbo leaders at the second day of their post EndSARS protest meeting in Enugu.

The meeting held behind closed doors at the Government House, Enugu, was attended by South East Governors, National Assembly members, South East clergy, Igbo leaders and women leaders.

“We demand  that the South East should be given the opportunity to be president of Nigeria in 2023,” the youths said in a position paper signed by Comrade Uchenna Madu, leader of MASSOB and Comrade Ugwoke Ibem Ugwoke, National Secretary of the group. 

The position paper presented by the youths further reads: 

“Disarming of killer herdsmen with AK 47 in the South East , who have  occupied our forest and farmlands, destroying, kidnapping,and killing our women while we pledge to live and work peacefully with our brothers and sisters and herdsmen, who have been living peacefully with us.

“Creation of one more State in the South East to balance the equation with other regions.

“The South East Governors to determine locations, where road blocks are necessary in the South East, especially in emergency situations with a view to addressing the complains of our people about many road blocks and extortions in the South East.

“There’s serious discrimination and marginalisation of South East Federal civil servants. We want the FG to look into this.

“Each state must set up youth Rehabilitation and empowerment fund to address youth unemployment in the South East.

“South East should set up monitoring committee in each state made up of youths, igbo leaders, traditional rulers, clergymen and Governors representatives and women to monitor compensation and empowerment fund in the South to be set up by Governors and the FG.

“The Igbo youths and MASSOB notes with sadness, that Igbo land is being discriminated against in the allocation of Federal infrastructural projects.

“We note specifically, that all the Federal roads in Igbo land are in a terrible State of disrepair. We therefore demand that the FG should immediately approve a substantial intervention fund to complete these road projects.

“We also demand that substantial allocation be made for major infrastructural projects in the 2021 budget currently before the NASS.

“That the president General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo should lead a delegation of South East youth representatives and selected Igbo leaders to the presidency, to make their demand known to Mr President.”

Chairman South East Governor’s Forum Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi who received the papers promised that immediate actions would be taken to address the demands.

Posted 30/10/2020 6:18:09 PM

 

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