Thursday, 26 January 2017

MASSOB rejects Obasanjo's call for 2019 Igbo presidency

- MASSOB described Obasanjo's call for an Igbo presidency in 2019 as a sign of being jittery

- The group said it cannot take the former president serious
The Movement for the Actualisation of s Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has lashed out former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo after he rooted for an Igbo presidency for 2019.

Obasanjo revealed this on Tuesday, January 24, while hosting the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogun state chapter, at his Abeokuta Hilltop residence.

He said: “Irrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-East should have a go at the Presidency too.
Vanguard however reports that MASSOB said they will not take the former president serious as he might just want to use the Igbos for his own gain.
The group said: “Nobody should rejoice over the statement by Obasanjo because he will never do or say anything good about Igbo. For him to solicit for Igbo president is not in the interest of Ndigbo.
“It could also be that he is afraid of the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the next president and he is, therefore, trying to work against the man by pretending to be on the side of the Igbo.
“We in MASSOB cannot take him serious. If he means to show remorse for all the wrong things he did against Igbo, he should first of all pay solidarity visits to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo,and the traditional and religious leaders in this area.
Chief Abia Onyike who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party described the call for Igbo presidency as superficial.
He said: “That can happen through genuine re-structuring of the system and a return to genuine federalism. Talking of Igbo presidency is deceitful and superficial. It is either we restructure or be prepared for de-amalgamation.
Uzoma Nkem-Abonta who is a member of the House of Representative described Obasanjo as an elder statesman but wondered if he was rational.
He said: “Obasanjo calling for South East President in 2019 could be rational, could be real, it could be proper. Perhaps, he is realising all the unfair and unkind things he did to the South-East.
“Obasanjo as an elder statesman, is he sincere for calling for the presidential candidate now coming from South East knowing that the incumbent ordinarily, naturally and from political arrangement will want to do two tenures?

“Is it not an arrangement to throw spanner into political arrangement already done? With all the intent of that statement, we should look for the idea in him, the reason for saying that.”

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