Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has thrown his weight behind the presidential bid of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state.
Uwazuruike spoke on Saturday when he led some south-east youths on a solidarity march in Owerri, Imo state capital, in support of Bello’s bid.
The youths marched through the streets, carrying different placards, with inscriptions such as ‘Power to the Youths’, ‘Support Yahaya Bello’, ‘Youths Can Also Lead’, and ‘Yahaya Bello for the Youths’, among others.
Uwazuruike said if Nigeria’s sovereignty must be upheld, zoning should be discarded.
He said the contest should be thrown open and advised party leaders to shun zoning “as it has no place in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“I don’t believe in the idea of zoning system or Igbo president because zoning means sectionalism,” he said.
“If we want to talk about Nigeria, we must throw the presidential contest open but if you throw it open, it must be for the youths not elders, because the elders have failed us.”
Uwazuruike said the only solution to Nigeria’s political problems is for power to go to the youths.
He said his group would support Bello to become the next president because he has the leadership qualities to lead Nigeria effectively.
“All Nigerians should rally round the youthful governor. We are supporting Bello for this and no one else. He has the capacity to solve the problem of insecurity and a host of others facing the nation is not in doubt,” he said.
“This is a crucial time in the history of the country. We must give the youth a chance, especially one that has demonstrated uncommon capacity, in the person of Yahaya Bello.”
In his remarks, Bello expressed gratitude to the youths and MASSOB members that welcomed him.
The Kogi governor said he is prepared to deliver “the Nigerian project” if given the opportunity to serve as the next president of the country.
“I’m prepared to lead this country, I shall address insecurity, health system as well as the educational system,” Bello said.
“Nigerians must be very careful and be ready to make the best decision in choosing their next president.”
Culled From TheCable.ng