Earlier statements by the Igbo socio- cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, seem to distance itself from the struggle and realisation of Biafra republic, spearheaded most notably by Nnamdi Kanu.
The umbrella body reaffirm its support for a possible 2023 Igbo presidency over a Biafra sovereignty, saying that the mandate that was given to the leadership of the organisation is to achieve an Igbo presidency and not Biafra.
Pro- Biafra agitation groups like MASSOB and IPOB has struggled for years towards the realisation of a sovereign Biafra state. Both groups instigated the call for a republic of Biafra based largely on their claims that the Igbo speaking tribe in the nation is continuously being marginalised politically and otherwise, just as was highlighted by Ralph Uwazuruike in a recent interview with vanguard on “why i founded MASSOB”.
Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB being the most proactive group in the agitation for Biafra lately, has persistently demanded nothing short of an independent Biafra state, and his movement has gained tremendous support and following, nationally and beyond. However, the stance of the umbrella body of all other Igbo speaking organisations completely contradicts the demand and desire of Nnamdi Kanu and the indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB).
This condition has created a division among the people of the region and makes it imperative that a decision in the right direction for the region and its people should be uppermost in the hearts of major players and stakeholders. Leaders of the Igbo socio-cultural body feels that the actualisation of a president from an Igbo extraction would bring an end to this persistent cry of marginalisation, and institute a balance in the political view of leadership in the nation.
Would Nnamdi Kanu be willing to sacrifice his struggle for the actualisation of Biafra on the grounds of an Igbo presidency, putting into consideration the efforts he has made towards achieving his dream?