BY NKIRUKA NNOROM
Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has cautioned Igbo political elite against canvassing for Igbo presidency come 2015, saying the dream would not materialise under the present political dispensation.
In a document titled, ‘Awka Millennial Declaration: Agenda for Igbo Youths,’ jointly signed by the President General, Comrade Francis Oji, and two others, the group said the policy of zoning remained the only way through which the Igbos could produce a president for the nation.
They further called for a referendum to determine the political future of Ndi Igbo as enumerated in the United Nations’ Declaration on Rights of indigenous People, 2007.
“Those canvassing for Igbo presidency in 2015 are doing so for selfish reasons; they will turn around and give their support to Goodluck Jonathan if he eventually declares an intention to run in 2015.
“People’s interest should not be used for selfish business ventures. Be silent on 2015 presidential quest and politics, which may or may not materialise, while minding Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and reputable Igbo leaders of thought’s opinions,” the group cautioned.
It warned that any further federal elections in Igbo land, based on imposed 1999 constitution or a constitution not emanating from the people, would be rejected.
The OYC said: “Above all, we reject the British imposed ‘forced theory’ and activities of the internal colonizers estranging the Nigeria critical mass, all making nuisance of our huge national and human resources.”
It also used the opportunity to advocate for socio-political and cultural unity of the Eastern and Mid-West regions, otherwise called the South East and South South, for greater ideals and achievable commonwealth.
“We declare quest for stronger ties with our Southern Nigerian people and our neighbouring Middle Belters, who still believe in democratic alternatives and constitutionalism,” the group said.