The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, on Tuesday declared that an Igbo man would never become Nigeria’s President.
In a statement signed by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, entitled ‘We insist on Biafra through non-violence, not Igbo presidency’, the secessionist group berated Igbo leaders, describing them as ‘political slaves’ who have no chance of ruling the country.
Leading Igbo politicians are nursing strong hopes that the presidency would be zoned to the South-East in 2023, and a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, recently suggested that that the Igbos should run for the office in 2019.
But MASSOB described expectations that an Igbo man would become the country’s President in 2019 or 2023 as mere wishful thinking.
“The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra has declared that an Igbo man may not be President of Nigeria again because Igbo leaders are political slaves in Nigeria.
“Even 2019 and 2023 will come and go, an Igbo man will not be President of Nigeria.
“We insist on Biafra actualization and restoration through non violence, not Igbo presidency,” the group said in the statement, which was made available to journalists in Enugu.