The recently appointed Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu, has urged members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and other pro-Biafra agitators to put an end to their agitations and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The VON boss, who made the call in his hometown of Eke, Udo local Government Area of Enugu State during the Egwu Abia Festival yesterday, pointed out that the Buhari administration will soon commence work on the 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways, among others, which he said were captured in the 2016 budget.
Okechukwu reiterated his appeal to the pro-Biafra groups, saying their agitation was not in the overall interest of Ndigbo.
Giving reasons for his call on IPOB, MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups to drop their agitation, the All Progressives Congress chieftain noted that Igbos are not only doing well in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, but have the high chance to produce the president in 2023.
While acknowledging that the constitution of the governing APC does not have provision for rotation or zoning, Mr. Okechukwu said convention gives Ndigbo a good chance if they support President Buhari till 2023.
He said: “If Ndigbo collectively support the Buhari administration, we stand to gain as most of the dilapidated roads, 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu Coal will be fixed. I therefore plead with the boys agitating for Biafra to consider the overall interest of Ndigbo who are doing relatively well in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria”.
“Therefore, if we support Buhari, nothing will stop us from harvesting the moral weight of zoning convention, since equity and justice is on our side. For our brothers of the South – West and South South have had their turns since our return to democracy in 1999”, Okechukwu said.