Youths from the northern part of Nigeria have stated that they would support a Presidential candidate from the South-East region of Nigeria in 2019.
According to the youths (including the Arewa Youths Forum, Arewa Youths Coalition for Peace, Northern Central Youth Club and the Youths for one Nigeria), an Igbo President would weaken the agitation for Biafra secession, adding that his victory in the presidential election would also unite Nigerians together.
Alhaji Haruna Waziri, Arewa Youth spokesman, said that the northern youths have endorsed Mr. Iheanachor Ezeakor, the convener of the summit, for 2019 presidency.
“Today, we are making history by endorsing a youth to run for the number one seat in Nigeria. Mr. Iheanacho Ezeakor is a youth, who has broken the barriers of ethnicity and religion, a youth the Northern youths believe in; a youth who is a true Nigerian.
“We do not believe in things not working out; we believe that this is the time to change the narrative in Nigeria. This community, Arondizuogu is a place where democracy started in the country and that is why we are here today to correct all that had gone wrong.
“We made this statement in Enugu, Lagos and Abuja; today the climax of it all is taking place in Ezeakor’s village here in Arondizuogu.
“We took this step because our leaders have failed us; they are old and tired; we can do it because the youths contribute the major votes.
“It is no longer about ethnicity or religion now; it is about who you have confidence in. Ezeakor is a detribalized Nigerian; we don’t want fanatics; we want a true Nigerian.”
Mr. Ezeakor who also accepted to run noted that he wouldn’t contest under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nor the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that the parties were for old politicians.
“So, I’m just acting as the catalyst, to motivate the youths; we are not fighting the government, but we want them to understand that we have come of age. He said
“My own as the convener of Nigerian Youth Summit is to make sure that things will not remain the same because we can’t continue with the arrangement that youths are the leaders of tomorrow.” He added