A former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has acknowledged that the Nigerian authorities must sympathise with the youth and deal with their grievances.
He additionally urged the South-East area to current an excellent purpose why the nation ought to have an Igbo man as the following President in 2023.
He mentioned although it’s truthful that the nation’s presidency must be zoned to the South, it’s not formally written as it’s primarily based on a gentleman’s settlement.
Okorocha, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, mentioned he helps the place of Southern governors that the nation must be led by a Nigerian from the South in 2023.
The former governor disclosed this throughout ‘Conversation with Owelle Rochas Okorocha at 59 and Award of Icon of Service and Philanthropy,’ aired by Nigerian Television Authority and monitored by SaharaReporters on Monday.
“When IPOB started, they came to Imo State when I was the governor, but I listened to them and understood their grievances. They asked me to join them, and I told them if they can convince me to have another (Biafra country) passport, I will join.
“I could have asked my men to shoot them as they were killed in Okigwe and other states, but no. I had to listen to know what they were going through.
“That is how the Nigerian government should treat the youths, sympathise with them. Treat them well,” Okorocha mentioned.
“I support the Southern governors on the issue of zoning the presidency and the next region is the South.
“We started with South-West when President Olusegun Obasanjo (became the president). Then we went back to the North when we had (Umaru) Yar’Adua. South again with Goodluck Jonathan, and now the North is having it with the incumbent President (Muhammadu Buhari). So, why would it be changed when it is the turn of the South again?
“It is a fair thing to do. If this is not done, then APC (All Progressives Congress) becomes a Northern party,” the senator mentioned.