The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has cautioned a northern leader Junaid Mohammed over comments about the South East producing Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Concise News had reported that Junaid recently said that the South East would find it hard producing a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The second Republic lawmaker had claimed that the Ohanaeze President, Nnia Nwodo, came with a delegation from Enugu State to beg a Former Military Administrator of Kaduna Lawal Jarfaru for support when he (Nwodo) was vying for the presidency in 2003.
However, a statement from the Ohanaeze Youth Council warns Junaid against coming in the way of the South East and their quest for the number seat in the country.
According to the group, the Igbo will not present someone like Nwodo to vie for the presidency in 2023.
“We wish to remind Junaid Muhammed, that South East will not be provoked by the traps and pitfalls set up by few Northern Elders against the popular choice of supporting a Nigerian President of Igbo stock with a Northerner as running mate,” the statement noted.
“We’ll not remind Junaid Muhammed that quality candidates will emerge from the South East who are in the same pedigree with late Dr Nnamdi Azikwe and Chief Samuel Mbakwe.
“These men see the entire Nigeria as their constituency. Based on the numerical strength of Igbo existing in all the 774 LGAs of the Country, the fundamental issues of almajiris which the likes of Dr Junaid Muhammed had failed to address would be resolved.”
It added that “Igbo Youths wishes to assure Dr Junaid Muhammed, that Chief Nnia Nwodo will not be among the Presidential materials we will present in 2023 Presidential race.
“We are strict on age and qualities of whoever we will project in 2023. Among those who would possess the qualities include; current Governors, former Governors, Senators and legion of respected Sons and daughters who had an international statue, that equals the Great Zik of Africa.
“We assure Dr Junaid Muhammed that a new wife will be given to him immediately the National Committee on 2023 Igbo Presidency Project financed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council in the diaspora, will be inaugurated in November 1st 2019, with the sole aim of supporting a President of Igbo stock in 2023.”