The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has rejected the clamour for the presidency to be ceded to the South East.
Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the group on Saturday, led some South East youths in a solidarity procession in Owerri, Imo State in support of the 2023 presidential bid of Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi. He also said the contest should be thrown open.
The MASSOB leader stated this when Bello, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), visited him in Owerri, Imo.
The youth, who started the procession from the MASSOB leader’s house in Owerri, marched through the streets, carrying different placards, with inscriptions such as “Power to the Youths, Support Yahaya Bello”, “Youths Can Also Lead”, and “Yahaya Bello for the Youths”, among others.
They made it clear that the only solution to Nigeria’s political quagmire was for power to go to the youth.
According to them, in this regard, Bello is the right fit for the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bello picked the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms at the party’s national secretarial Abuja on Wednesday.
Uwazuruike, who advised Nigerians and party leaders to shun zoning, saying it had no place in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said his group would support Bello to become the next president of Nigeria because he had the leadership qualities to lead Nigeria effectively.
The MASSOB leader noted that power should go to the best in the race, adding that the Kogi governor remained the best for the job.
“All Nigerians should rally round the youthful governor. We are supporting Bello for this and no one else. That he has the capacity to solve the problem of insecurity and a host of others facing the nation is not in doubt.
“This is a crucial time in the history of the country. We must give youths a chance, especially one that has demonstrated uncommon capacity, in the person of Yahaya Bello,” he said.
Uwazuruike, who is also the founder of Biafran Independent Movement (BIM) said f Nigeria’s sovereignty must be upheld, the idea of Igbo president should be discarded.
“I don’t believe in the idea of zoning system or Igbo president because zoning means sectionalism.
“If we want to talk about Nigeria, we must throw the presidential contest open but if you throw it open, it must be for the youths not elders, because the elders have failed us,” Uwazurike said.
He said his group would support Bello to become the next president of Nigerian because he was a youth with the leadership qualities to deliver the Nigeria project.
“The youth must be given power, the elders have continued to be in power without great result”.
He urged Nigerians to support Bello, describing zoning or Igbo presidency as a project aimed at promoting sectionalism.
Bello, who reacted to the MASSOB support, expressed gratitude over the reception given to him by no fewer than Five thousand members of MASSOB/BIM who welcomed him in Imo.
He said he was prepared to deliver the Nigerian project if given opportunity to serve as the next president of the country.
“I’m prepared to lead this country, I shall address insecurity, heath system as well as educational system.
“Nigerians must be very careful and be ready to make the best decision in choosing their next president,” he said.