April 30, (THEWILL) – The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has dumped the agitation for a President from the South East region in the 2023 general elections.
Leader of the Movement, Ralph Uwazuruike, made this known on Saturday, when Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), visited him in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Leading youths in a solidarity march in support of the 2023 presidential bid of the Governor, Uwazuruike, who said he does not believe in a president of Igbo extraction, urged political parties to throw the contest for the next President open to all Nigerians.
The youths, who started the procession from Uwazuruike’s house in Owerri, marched through the streets, carrying different placards, with inscriptions such as “Power to the Youths, Support Yahaya Bello”, and “Yahaya Bello for the Youths”, among others.
According to the youths, Governor Yahaya Bello was the right fit for the position of president, and the aspirant with the solution to Nigeria’s political quagmire.
Uwazuruike advised Nigerians and political parties to shun zoning, stating that his group would support Governor Bello to become the next president of Nigeria.
“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”, the MASSOB leader said.
Uwazuruike, who is also the founder of Biafran Independent Movement (BIM), said if Nigeria’s sovereignty must be upheld, the idea of Igbo president should be discarded.
“I don’t believe in the idea of a 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”, he said.
Bello, in his response, expressed gratitude over the reception given to him by the members of MASSOB/BIM, who welcomed him to the state.
Bello said he was prepared to deliver the Nigerian project if given the opportunity to serve as the next president of the country.
“I’m prepared to lead this country, I shall address insecurity, health system, as well as the educational system. Nigerians must be very careful and be ready to make the best decision in choosing their next president”, he said.