Chief Charles Udeogaranya, a presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress in the 2019 elections and an interested candidate for the 2023 presidential elections has opined that Ndigbo should forget about the notion of an Independent Biafran republic and work towards the betterment of Nigeria by supporting the 2023 presidency.
Supporting his claim, he states that Igbos are better off when Nigeria prospers than in a fresh separatist state. He also stressed that all other regions have not met the Nigerian dream when saddled with Nigeria’s Presidency, but Igbos will wipe the tears off the face of every Nigerian and rebuild Nigeria into “a state we all can be proud of”.
In his words:
“The antecedents of Ndigbo are there for all to see. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was a great example. When Zik of Africa took the responsibility to achieve independence for Nigeria and Africa from the colonial rule, he achieved them without bloodletting and on a silver platter.
“Though I am a Zikist, a Nigerian President of Igbo ancestry will ensure that all Nigerians are given equal opportunity, privilege and incentives to succeed in all endeavours of life; knowing that success of any Nigerian is a success to Nigeria.
“Today, petroleum belonged to the past and new ways and means of survival are high priorities if Nigeria must pull herself out from penury and poverty.
“The longer we delay Igbo presidency, the longer we delay a better Nigeria for all Nigeria.
“Let me also stress this: Yoruba, Fulani, Hausa are good and wonderful people, as well as Ndigbo and all other Nigerian tribes and ethnic groups.
“The problem is that we have neither been considerate for each other nor shown love and care for other ethnic groups like ours, forgetting that what we sow, we shall also reap,” Udeogaranya added.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK