The Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing has cautioned lawmakers from the South East to prioritise the current security situation over efforts to be selected as vice presidential candidates.
Friday, Chief Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, South-South Coordinator of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing, addressed journalists in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. He stated that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, led by Amb. George Obiozor, should be permitted to dialogue for whatever position will be suitable for Igbo in the 2023 general election.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth urged lawmakers and other stakeholders to concentrate on restoring peace to the troubled regions.
The young organisation, expressing concern over the recent escalation of insecurity in Igbo land, urged the stakeholders in the region to convene a security meeting in order to define moral guidelines for confronting the rising tide of kidnappings, murders, and other forms of insecurity.
Instead of advocating for the peace and security of all Igbos, he frowned upon the fact that some parties in Igbo nation are attempting to sow discord by exploiting Ohanaeze’s name to advance their own interests.
He stated, “It is unfortunate that some politicians are already lobbying for the vice presidential position when insecurity is ravaging almost every section of Igbo land. What can you do without security? Who will you govern when there is no peace? At this time, everyone should work to restore peace in the South East.
“We have established a highly esteemed Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the direction of a renowned diplomat, Amb. George Obiozor. Let them negotiate with power brokers for a position suited for Igbos during the next administration while we determine how to restore peace to our country.
“If anything is to be spoken regarding the vice president post, it should be Ohanaeze Ndigbo and not politicians who will simply pursue their own personal interests without regard for the situation in the South East.
“The insecurity in the South East is causing us to weep every day; we should convene in a committee to discuss how to address the insecurity; this should be the top priority for every Igbo person before considering political benefits,” he stated.