The Secretary General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Mekong River Asia (South East Asia), Eze Ndubuisi Kenneth Oti (Chinyereugo1, Ezeudo1), on Tuesday said “leaders of the separatist groups will put aside their agitations and move on” if Igbo presidency is achieved.
In a statement obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA, the Igbo monarch urged Nigeria’s political elites to support a president of Igbo extraction, with regard to the 2023 presidential election. This, he said, will douse separatist agitations, such as the one led by Nnamdi Kanu.
“Let’s give such group of persons a sense of belonging and they will reunite and can amend the broken bridges of unity across the country. With this, I believe that the leaders of the separatist groups will put aside their agitations and move on,” Oti said.
Agitations for breakaway states in Nigeria are nothing new. The two most prominent separatist movements are Kanu’s outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which support the independence of the Republic of Biafra by mostly Igbo people from the eastern part of the country; and Yoruba Nation, a Southwest secessionist movement spearheaded by Sunday Adeyemo ‘Igboho’.