Some Igbo youths under the umbrella of South-East Youths for Good Governance, have advised leaders of the region to heed the recent call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Igbo presidency in 2019, stressing that the region stand to lose out by attacking the former President.
Recall that the former president recently advocated for an Ibo presidency come 2019, this some leaders and group of the region have frowned at.
However, the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Agusi Ndubueze, in a chat on Thursday with Vanguard in Owerri, the Imo state capital, berated Igbo leaders who are against the call.
He stated that 2019 could be a time to negotiate the Igbo interest.
Ndubueze said rather than attack the former President, Igbo leaders should be united and take advantage of the opportunity.
He said, “We want to start by saying that President Olusegun Obasanjo was right in his call for Ndigbo to contest the 2019 presidential election. Whether you take it serious or not, he has said the reality and all concerned must work on it.
“We are not also happy that some people left the issue and attacked the messenger at a time the Igbo are being relegated to the background politically.
“If we continue like this, I do not think that we will get what we want in this country. How many Igbo leaders have thought it wise to go back to their homes and reason deeply on this agenda of Igbo presidency?
“The Igbo should join hands and support each other to use this opportunity that is staring them in the face. Let us vote for the interest of the nation and not the party. The development of the nation is paramount and not individual interest.
“We, therefore, urge leaders from the five states of the zone to convene a meeting of elders to look into this agenda, with a view to coming out with a common stand and decision on how to strategize ahead of 2019 for the Ndigbo.
“We are not going to relent until our elders in Igbo land come in terms with the reality that it is the right time for the zone to act.
“If they cannot speak, we will help them. What we want is for them to come out boldly for this journey and we the youths from the zone will back them.”