The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has asked Biafra agitators to allow the people take part in the Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise (CVR). Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro made the appeal in a radio interview with Living Radio, where he said the possession of voter’s card was key to any form of agitation.
While noting that the mistakes of the past must not be repeated, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said Ndigbo across the world must take advantage of the current exercise. It will be recall that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu, had announced that a fresh Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise would commence on Monday June 28, 2021, and that it would last for one year.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro said in the interview that “the South-East is at the receiving end of everything in Nigeria, and it has been worrisome to the Igbo leadership and Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide. So, it beckons on us to mobilize all Ndigbo wherever you are, and if you have come of age, we are asking you, especially those in the Northern states, and those here in Southern states of Nigeria, wherever you are, go out and register.
According to his words; “You know we are disadvantaged based on the number of States we have in the South-East and it is affecting our voting strength but numerically, Igbos are everywhere, all over 36 States of this country, and behind the host of any State, the second most ethnic group in Nigeria is the Igbos.
“What we are projecting is that, there should be aggressive campaigns in all the 774 local government areas in this country. Wherever you are, don’t lose confidence in the process, we are looking for Igbo presidency in 2023, and the best time is now, let’s increase our voting strength, go out and registers.
“Now that they are doing Constitutional review, we are also advocating for diaspora voting. INEC should liaise with the diaspora commission and ministry of foreign affairs to use all the embassies and allow Nigerians abroad participate in voters’ registration exercise. The foreign missions must ensure that they provide facilities for such Nigerians to register.
“We are telling our brothers who are in self-determination struggle, that the best way, if you want to achieve anything you want to achieve is to have your voters’ card. The voters’ card is the power we have.”
On how the zone would battle the issue of insecurity, Okechukwu Isiguzoro condemned what he called “sponsored insecurity in the South-East.” He stressed that the South-East is known to be a very peaceful zone, the most vibrant investment destination, and all of a sudden we started witnessing the destruction of facilities.
“We will use our dialect in the newly established Ohanaeze TV and radio to make sure that our people are aggressively mobilized. We have all hundreds of affiliated groups to Ohanaeze and we have got them involved in this campaign.
“The best for our people, on Monday the 28th of June 2021, is to go out and cue up and register for a voter’s card. If the young ones can spend their money in BBNaija voting, this is the time to vote out those you say are not doing well. Once you get the voters’ card, Ndigbo should wait for further directives.”
On 2023 presidency, he said the Ohanaeze would conduct a search and make sure a credible Igbo man is presented to Nigerians.
According to his words; “We have what it takes, Igbos are known for merit, any attempt to thwart the 2023 president would not go well for Nigeria, it will strengthen self determination, and it will strengthen the agitation for Biafra.
“Only a Nigeria President of Igbo extraction will unite the country,” Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Indigbo stated. He appealed to INEC to ensure that card readers are deployed during the election to ensure a credible process.
However, Igbos across the country has insisted that they want Biafra and not Igbo Presidency.
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