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Published On: Tue, Jan 6th, 2015

Withdraw from Presidential race, Igbo group tells Buhari

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From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) has called on former military head of state and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress  Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to withdraw from the February presidential election.

The Igbo Society said General Buhari should withdraw to save Nigeria from all ill wishes of 2015.

The group in a statement signed by its President, Chief Udo Udeogaranya urged General Buhari  to tow the path of statesman, extricate himself from the deceits of APC leaders and withdraw with immediate effect from the presidential contest, “if he has any atom of nationalism,  gratitude to the country, love for the nation and progress of our dear country, Nigeria.”

Udeogaranya said with the permutations of some international communities, the strikes of terror against Nigeria and the internal wounds in the nation, “it behooves on any Nigerian with the interest of the nation at heart, to do all that is within their powers to save Nigeria from the ill wishes of 2015.

“We advice Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to learn wisdom from the East that have allowed and supports their brothers from the South-South to complete their tenure of eight years, as we all have allowed the South-West to have their uninterrupted eight years.”

According to the group, “economically, Nigerian government depends largely on oil exports and import duties, both are derived from South Eastern soil and the people of South Eastern Nigeria, which accounts for even more developments around the nation than the South Eastern Nigeria.

“Therefore any candidacy that may spill ill feelings to that section of the country may not be favourable for the nation and should rather be jettison for the good of the nation.”

The group opined that Nigeria owes the South-South people another four years to complete their full tenure, “as this is their first time presiding over the nation, which they have fed for decades and four years in a nations life is nothing.

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