Youth of Igbo extraction under the aegis of Igbo Youth Congress (IYC) on Thursday urged Ndigbo to boycott Saturday’s presidential over what the group described as inability of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari’s “refusal to apologize to leaders of Ndigbo whom he unjustly jailed during his tenure as head of state” and inability of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to improve the lot of Ndigbo in the last six years.
The group, in a communique at the end of its meeting in Lagos, advised “all members of IYC, Families, Friends and Associates to vote those that have performed for the National Assembly only irrespective of their party.”
The communique jointly signed by the body’s President, Bright Ezeocha and the National Secretary, Madubike Emeka, reads, “Concerned about the Igbo Nation and her development, within and outside Nigeria, resolvedly agreed that six years of President Jonathan Government did not improve the lives of Ndigbo or development of Ala-Igbo and worried about the arrogance of General Buhari and his refusal to apologize to leaders of Ndigbo whom he unjustly jailed during his tenure as head of state further disturbed at the shameful manner the self acclaim Igbo Leaders ongoing money motivated endorsement, we the members of IYC hereby came up with the following resolution:
“IYC calls on all members of IYC, Families, Friends and Associates to boycott the Presidential Election.
“IYC advice all members of IYC, Families, Friends and Associates to vote those that have performed for the National Assembly only irrespective of their party.
“IYC condemns in strong terms the continued detention and maimed of non-arms bearing Igbo kinsmen Barr. Ben Onwuka and his Biafra Zionist Movement, and others.”
It added, “IYC calls on all Ndigbo in the northern Nigeria to immediately relocate to Ala-Igbo before the elections.
“IYC warn the so called Igbo leaders to be careful and stop the shame and disgrace they are causing the Igbo Nation.
“IYC calls on members and all Igbo youths to shun every act of violence before, during and after the election.”