Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dutifully fulfil his constitutional obligations by formally transmitting power to Vice President Kashim Shettima in his absence.
The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, disclosed this in a press statement made available to journalists in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
He also urged the President to consistently communicate the reasons behind engaging in private visits to the Nigerian people. According to him, Nigerians are already suffering immensely due to the escalating security challenges and the dire state of the economy, exacerbated by the crash of the naira in foreign exchange markets.
The statement reads in part, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the unwavering voice of the Igbo, finds it both intriguing and deeply unfortunate that President Tinubu chose a private visit to France amidst the current daunting security, economic, and other pressing challenges facing our great nation.
“The consequences of neglecting these pressing issues pose a severe risk, as the potential fallout could be nothing short of disastrous.
“It is important to emphasize that Nigerians are deeply dissatisfied with the worsening state of security and the persistent decline in economic activities, pushing their patience to its limits.
“The President must not underestimate the resolve of the Nigerian people or take their grievances for granted. It is imperative that he expeditiously addresses the grave challenges of insecurity and economic turmoil in the first quarter of 2024, to avoid the potential eruption of citizen revolt akin to those witnessed in Venezuela and the Arab Spring in Nigeria.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo fervently prays for President Tinubu to be endowed with divine wisdom in navigating these troubled times. We implore him to recognize the urgent need for proactively resolving the security and economic crises afflicting our nation, as the fate of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens remain at stake.
“May God guide and grant President Tinubu the foresight and courage to tackle these challenges head-on”, prayed.