On Friday, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council expressed its outrage at statements made by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, that the North still has four years to control Nigeria once President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office.
AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima had told Mirror Nigeria in an exclusive interview that former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan ruled Nigeria for 14 years in favour of the South, while late Musa Yar’Adua and Buhari would have ruled for 10 years in 2023, hence the North has four years outstanding.
Reacting to Yerima’s assertion, the OYC through its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike cautioned against pushing Ndigbo to the wall in Nigeria.
He said “there is no doubt that Nigeria is operating on the altar of injustice against Ndigbo and the only way to heal that wound is to allow an Igbo man to become Nigeria President in 2023.
“The Arewa Youth Forum should promote peaceful co-existence of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria by supporting Igbo presidency in 2023.
“In Southern Nigeria, the South-East remains the only zone yet to have a shot at the seat of the presidency, despite the huge sacrifices Ndigbo have continued to make for the unity of the country.
“My friend Yerima Shettima, the Area Youths President should also do well to sum up the number of years military heads of State of Northern extraction have ruled this country. He should not stop at Buhari and Yar’Adua.