As Nigeria commemorates Democracy Day, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organization has made an appeal to the 2023 presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
Ohanaeze has urged Atiku and Obi to halt their pursuit of their cases at the tribunal and instead lend their support to President Bola Tinubu.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, stated that Atiku and Obi should offer their ideas and support to Tinubu in the interest of nationalism and patriotism.
Isiguzoro, in a conversation with DAILY POST, said, “We appeal to the two Nigerian patriots, Atiku and Peter Obi, to support Tinubu by withdrawing their cases from the tribunal. The war has ended. They should bring ideas that will ensure Nigerians do not experience severe hardship.”
He acknowledged that the decision would be difficult for them, considering their lawyers and supporters, but emphasized the importance of patriotism and unity for the betterment of Nigeria.
Isiguzoro also urged Tinubu to ensure that his appointments reflect the principles of federal character, considering the inclusion of the Igbo people in key positions.
He added, “While we applaud him, Tinubu should avoid exceptional appointments that promote ethnicity, religion, or nepotism. His appointments must reflect the principle of federal character and ensure that the Southeast receives strong ministries that will facilitate economic and structural transformation in the region.”
Furthermore, Isiguzoro appealed to Tinubu to heed the request of the Enugu State governor to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and put an end to the Monday sit-at-home protests.
He expressed the desire for Tinubu to consider these appeals, emphasizing the importance of unity and understanding in the country.