The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has been told to forget the 2023 Presidency and concentrate on how to realize the Biafra agenda.
The warning came Tuesday in Nnewi from Bishop Abraham Udeh, who equally said the Igbo presidency of 2023 would be an effort in futility.
But in a quick reaction Tuesday, the National Vice President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, said the group knew where it was going.
He said the men of God should face their callings instead of trying to distract the apex Igbo group.
Okeke-Ogene said, “we know where we are going. Ohanaeze Ndigbo is focused and organized and doesn’t need any distractions from any person or group.”
“We see such comment as one of such distractions and we don’t like replying to them. They should be cautious in some of their utterances,” the Igbo leader warned.
Udeh, who is the Bishop of Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministries (a.k.a By Fire By Fire), advised Ndigbo not to dissipate energy on the much talked Igbo presidency in 2023 but rather go for Biafra actualization.
His reasons, according to the man of God, stemmed from the way Igbo were being neglected and treated in the present administration in the country.
He said, “looking at the lopsided appointments of service chiefs and other political appointments, so far made by the present administration, coupled with incessant shootings and killings of Igbo youths by soldiers in various parts of Igbo land, Ndigbo, including Ohanaeze do not need a soothsayer to tell them that they do not have any stake in Nigeria, both now and in the future.”
The man of God was reacting to the recent appointment of service chiefs while briefing reporters in his office in Nnewi, Anambra State.
He revealed that he saw in a vision where the Igbo presidency project flopped by either the north which according to him, were in majority and did not allow an Igbo man to emerge as president or that if an Igbo man emerged, the power brokers in the north would continue to teleguide him or worst still, cut his tenure short by ousting him out of power prematurely. Igbo Presidency would not only amount to a fruitless venture, but also an exercise in futility”.
“I insist that what would favour Ndigbo is to expedite efforts to actualize Biafran nation and not an Igbo president because any Igbo man elected as Nigerian President would not last in office and would be subjected to the wishes and dictates of the power brokers in Nigeria”.
“The Northern oligarchy had continued in pretense to support Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 as if they meant it. Ndigbo should be cautious about the game plan and not to fall for it.
“All the juicy appointments in the current government at the federal level go to the North. How do you think they can easily allow an Igbo man to become a President to lose their position just like that?
“It is not possible. The game plan is to pretentiously allow an Igbo man to become President only to frustrate him.