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VON DG seeks IPOB’s support for Igbo presidency in 2023

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
22 November 2021   |   4:04 am
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has canvassed support of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) towards the actualisation of Igbo presidency in the country.

Osita Okechukwu

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has canvassed support of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) towards the actualisation of Igbo presidency in the country.

Okechukwu, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for considering granting amnesty to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

He spoke while reacting to calls by Igbo leaders, led by the first Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, who visited President Buhari in Aso Rock at the weekend, to ask for the release of Kanu, who was arrested in Kenya in June.

The Guardian recalled that Kanu, who had fled Nigeria in 2017 after jumping bail when soldiers invaded his Afaraukwu home in Abia State, has been on trial for treason.

Okechukwu appealed to President Buhari to honour Amaechi with Kanu’s release and also asked IPOB to support Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.

He dismissed a question on whether IPOB’s support for Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction 2023 was a precondition for the release of Kanu with a resounding NO!

He explained that IPOB’s support for Igbo president was not a precondition for his release, adding that President Buhari and other good-spirited Nigerians were tacitly in support of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction 2023 project, but were wary of IPOB’s stance.

Okechckwu further said IPOB’s support for the project would kill two birds with one stone, adding: “It will ensure the release of Kanu and return economic activities to the Southeast geopolitical zone, as well as rekindle wider support of a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.

“My understanding of IPOB agitation is to end Igbo marginalisation. If that is the case, our 2023 Nigerian president of Igbo extraction will be the end of the ‘war.’ Nigerians are waiting for IPOB to change gear.”

Continuing, he said: “I join, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, constitutional lawyer and Chairman, Igbo Leaders of Thought, Prof. Ben Nwabueze and people of goodwill across the country to commend President Buhari for accepting to consider the release of IPOB leader.”