A pro Igbo group, Ogbako Umuanwanyi Igbo Worldwid, has urged the electorate to look beyond ethics and religion to elect Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
The group stressed that instead of heeding religious and ethnic sentiments, voters should vote for one of the presidential candidates with the ability to end insecurity, corruption, institutional collapse and extreme poverty.
The group’s chairman and founder, Ifeoma Okpara-Nwadike, in a conversation with reporters in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, said on Sunday that Nigeria does not need a president who would deepen the ethnic and religious dichotomy in the country.
She urged young people to seize the opportunities presented by the upcoming general elections to take back their country by electing a president of their choice.
Nwadike lamented how the country’s youth were being sidelined from governance and other areas of human endeavour.
She said: “Every election period they recycle the same old leaders, doing the same harm to our country. They say young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but look at these young people wandering in abject poverty.
“Many of them have worked so hard to get an education, but they cannot find good jobs and they go abroad to seek greener pastures. Some of them even died in the desert trying to improve their lives and those of their families. How long are we going to be like this and how long will Nigeria continue to bleed and neglect our youth?. The future of our country is at stake.
“How much do we owe Nigeria? What was the borrowed money used for? Was it for the electricity or the good road, the factories? Where have we strived as a country? I don’t know if we ask ourselves this question.
“The 2023 elections are fast approaching. It is not a political party. Political parties have nothing to contribute to good governance.
“Everything that has to do with good governance is centered around a good leader carrying the governance of the country. A knowledgeable leader, a credible leader who has the vision and mission to provide good governance to the people of Nigeria. It is the personality that must be sought and not the political parties. This time it is not for politicians but for Nigerians.
“If you are a Nigerian, wake up from your sleep. We cannot do the same thing and expect a different result unless we take a stand to improve it.
“We obediently want to stop Nigeria’s bleeding. We want to obediently restore the safety of life and property in the country. We want to obediently empower our women and youth. We obediently want to make Nigeria a place of pride and the giant of Africa.
“So get your PVC and get ready to vote and when you vote get ready to defend it. To the young people of Nigeria, now is the time to act. it’s now or never. The change we want for our country is here with us.