Ohanaeze Youths Council (OYC), the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said Nigeria will no longer exist if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to field Igbos as their presidential candidates in 2023.
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The OYC stated this in a statement released on Sunday by its National President. Igboayaka. O Igboayaka.
Igboayaka, in the statement, described President Muhammadu Buhari as “direct opposite of Nigeria’s unity”.
The group said Buhari cannot claim to be passionate about Nigeria’s unity because bandits terrorising the country are his kinsmen.
It also carpeted Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, over his comments that Buhari is very passionate about Nigeria’s unity.
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Dismissing as false, a statement credited to Shehu that “Buhari is so passionate about Nigeria’s unity”, Igboayaka alleged that “Shehu is on a pay job, and one of the aides that is endangering the unity of Nigeria through his sycophantic service to the president”.
According to him, “Buhari has divided Nigeria more than any other president in the history of Nigeria”, describing him as “the most tribalistic President Nigeria has ever produced”.
“President Buhari and his cabal have violated the federal character principle with reckless abandon, leading Nigeria into the path of disintegration “His high-handedness with tribal impunity contributed to the present ethnic crisis ravaging Nigeria,” the OYC said.
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“President Buhari has literally done everything possible to foster Nigeria’s disunity.
“What remains is the explosion of Nigeria into many countries which shall happen soon if APC and PDP deny Ndigbo an opportunity to fly their flags during 2023 presidential election.
“With the rate of insecurity and mayhem perpetrated by Buhari’s kinsmen, activities of bandits, kidnappers and Fulani killer herdsmen that are sucking the blood of innocent Nigerians on daily basis, Buhari lacks the moral justification to claim that he is passionate about Nigeria’s unity.
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“In all ramifications, there will be no Nigeria if APC and PDP fail to field an Igbo person as their presidential candidate in 2023”.