Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the igbo ethnic group are descendants of biblical King David saying “Igbos are to Nigeria what Israel is to the world.”
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group stated this on Sunday while expressing its bitterness at a statement credited to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election would guarantee South-West Presidency in 2023.
“Yoruba have a lot to contribute to Nigeria for the 2019 elections. It is for us, Yoruba; if you understand, it is for us. We are not looking at 2019, but 2023. If we don’t get it now, it may take some time again,” Osinbajo had said on Saturday while campaigning for his re-election and that of President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of All Progressive Congress, a statement that embittered Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The VP’s statement riled Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and elicited response from the group with its spokesman, Uche Achi-Okpaga, saying in an interview with Punch: “I do not expect Prof. Osinbajo to say a different thing. The 2023 Yoruba Presidency is a plot presumably well hatched and efforts are being exerted to win it successfully as dramatised in the public pronouncements earlier by Fashola and now the bleeding utterances of Osinbajo.
“However, l am dumbfounded that these are men that believe in the existence of God but, perhaps unwittingly, do not believe in the God factor.
“The Igbo are the descendants of King David, the man after God’s heart. Anything you do in Nigeria without the active cooperation and participation of the lgbo would always crumble as exemplified in the present administration of PMB. The Igbo are to Nigeria what Israel is to the world today.”