The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, on Thursday, called for the suspension of the restructuring summit billed to take place in Awka, Anambra State next week.
This is coming after the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, threatened to attack guests if the event was not put on hold.
In a press statement signed by Comrade Obinna Achionye, Deputy President General, of the Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro-led OYC, the group warned that the IPOB threat should not be wished away.
The statement, made available to Veloxnews, urged Ndigbo not to be deceived by proponents of restructuring.
OYC said, “the only way restructuring can be successful is when an Igbo man is given the opportunity to be the President of Nigeria.
“No northerner can decieve Ndigbo with restructuring, as a way of campaigning for Igbo votes in 2019.
“Those who are championing the recent clamour for restructuring have failed to restructure Igbo land and their charity begins abroad. We know their sponsors and we know their paymasters and the deceit on restructuring will crumble before 2019.
“IPOB threat to disrupt the restructuring event in awka is a threat not to be overlooked or ignored.
“We know what IPOB did to Igbo leaders during the events of handshake across the Niger and the Eastern consultative forum event at Enugu, so we ask those behind the Awka event to suspend it for the overall interest of Ndigbo.
“There’s no need to use restructuring event to massacre Igbo youths. Even though we may not be sharing the same ideology with IPOB, we tell Ndigbo to boycott the event to avert avoidable death.
“We have also appraised the level of infrastructural deficiency in the South and accordingly comment the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in rehabilitating some vital federal roads in the South East, especially the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road, Onitsha-Enugu Express Road and other roads in the zone.
“We, however, urge the federal government to urgently give more attention to Aba-Ikot Ekpene road and Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene roads.
“OYC visited the site of second Niger Bridge and we are also encouraged to say that the level work in progress may make Ndigbo have a rethink on where their votes will go in 2019.
“In any case, the railway network project of the ministry of transport should hasten up to link South-East, which was earlier omitted from the original plan.”