The Igbos have been urged to be a united force by mending their fences in order to have a stake in 2023 Presidency.
A Coalition of Igbo groups which lamented the exclusion of South-East from the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, the judiciary, made the call in Abakaliki on Friday.
According to the group, Ndigbo must re-strategize ahead of 2023 by mending fences to avoid being schemed out in positions of authority in the country.
Alex Okemiri, National President World Igbo Youth Council, Mrs Helen Ogbonnaya; Chairperson South-East Women Professionals and Comrade Chidera Udoko, President Igbo Students Union, in a statement described the scheming out of South-East in the current leadership of the National Assembly as a wakeup call for the Igbos to restrategize and take their rightful place in the polity.
The groups, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately compensate the South-East by picking next Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF) from the zone, recommending immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu for the position.
They also urged the Biafra agitators and the youths to stop media assault on the ruling party and be nonpartisan in their policy statements.
“We call for the total restructuring of Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership with a new template to be more socio-cultural in their modus operandi, and genuine reconciliation between the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to be facilitated by the South-East governors. Ndigbo should see the silver lining in the recent exclusion of South-East in the top echelon of the country, there is a golden opportunity in self rediscovering of Igbo as we must correct where we politically got it amiss.
“We congratulate South-East governors on their swearing-in, we call for synergy among them. They shouldn’t hesitate to continue to work with President Muhammadu Buhari for the next four years, to ensure that the revamp of Enugu coal mine, which was President Buhari’s electoral promise before he was sworn- in his first term is actualized in his second tenure. “