December 4, 2022

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2023: NEF tackles Ohaneze over feedback on Igbo presidency


The Northern Elders Discussion board (NEF) has tackled Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide over a latest assertion credited to the Secretary of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isuguzoro, to the impact that there can be no peace within the nation besides Igbo Presidency is supported by the North.

In an announcement made accessible to Blueprint in Abuja, Wednesday, signed by NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF stated that Northern voters won’t be stampeded or threatened by Ohanaeze Ndigbo to vote for a very candidate within the 2023 presidential election.

The assertion reads: “Northern Elders Discussion board is shocked on the assertion launched by Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isuguzoro, in a language that’s each irresponsible and damaging to its personal pursuits. At a time when sensible counsel dictates that Nigerians ought to be circumspect and disciplined within the method they work together with the electoral course of, the juvenile utterances of Mr Isiguzoro should be condemned within the harshest phrases.

“Mazi Isiguzoro singles out the North because the bastion of ethnic and non secular politics, whereas he unashamedly campaigns for Igbo presidency, full with the risk that Nigeria won’t be safe and united until an Igbo President emerges.

“This damaging de-marketing of the prospects of an Igbo President can be arduous to surpass. Nigerians and Northerners specifically, won’t be impressed or blackmailed into making decisions that aren’t knowledgeable by their very own pursuits. Quite the opposite, they may discover that the apex Igbo group is just about subverting one among its personal and blaming the remainder of the nation for the postures of political candidates.

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“For the needs of readability, it ought to be emphasised that Northern voters won’t be stampeded or threatened by Ohanaeze Ndigbo. The North can determine ethnic and non secular politics and can see it clearly on this reckless assertion coming from Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“Northern Elders Discussion board appeals to leaders and elders to indicate maturity and management as we embark on campaigns which can be, in themselves, fraught with threats and risks.

“The Discussion board advises Nigerians that the democratic system doesn’t function on the idea of threats and blackmail, and we ought to be ready to assist and vote for any candidates of our decisions subsequent yr.”