President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern states, Augustine Amaechi has said that agitations by the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were borne out of injustice and continued marginalisation of the region.
Amaechi also alleged high level injustice, marginalisation and lack of fair play against the South East.
Speaking in Minna, Niger State, yesterday, after a one-day meeting of the group, Amaechi said the region hassuffered marginalisation and neglect for too long.
“Virtually every Nigerian agrees that there is injustice in the country, especially against the South East, but what every Nigerian has not agreed is what to do to address the injustice.
“Some have called for restructuring, some for devolution of power, all these still boil down to restructuring and the reason for this is that one region has not been recognised as belonging to Nigeria,”
He pointed out that what they are seeking is equitable distribution of power and resources in Nigeria.
“We want every Nigerian to be happy, I want to say that injustice to a Nigerian is injustice to all irrespective of tribe or creed. It does not matter where the person comes from, once a Nigerian suffers injustice, it should be a concern to all,” he added.
He insisted that an Igbo presidency in 2023 will end various agitations in the South East.
“Nigerians should support Igbo presidency in 2023, as the only way to douse growing tension in the South East.”
He said Igbo would do everything to secure the unity of the country as they aspire to produce an Igbo president in 2023.
“We want to produce the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria and not Biafra and this reminds everybody that we are not talking of Biafra this time,” he said.
Amaechi said with such ambition, the Igbo has to build bridges of friendship between Igbo and their various communities.
“At the end of this meeting, I can assure you of the Igbo presidency in 2023,” he said.