By AGBO SUNDAY, Abakaliki
Former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo has appealed to Nigerians to give their support to Igbo presidency, saying it is the only way through which the much sought unity in the country can be achieved.
He made the appeal at Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State when the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu hosted the International Easter Retreat for Ndigbo at Home and Diaspora.
He described the Igbos as the most detribalised people in the the country and an Igbo president would ensure unity, fairness, equity among the different ethnic groups in the country.
”An Ibo president would then ensure that all tribes are treated equitably because if he fails, Igbos residing in these tribes would bear the grunt of his misrule through attacks and otherwise”, he said.
He further noted that an Ibo president would therefore, not want to endanger the lives and properties of his people as this would make him ensure that all segments of the country receive equal treatment,” he said.
“Nigeria should be restructured to ensure that all ethnic groups harness their economic potentials to ensure the development of the
He called on the governors of the south-east states to make lands
available for the establishment of an export-free zone to bring the
desired economic empowerment and enhancement of the Igbos.
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology thanked the organisers for convening the event and noted that it would proffer solutions to the nagging problems confronting the Igbos.
“Igbos and Nigerians to depend less on importation and on commodities, in order to come out of recession and ensure economic growth and sustainability.
Former Governor of Anambra state called for access to one unrestricted market which would ensure no trade barriers, bans and economic discriminations.
A Professor of Political Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Prof. Obasi Igwe, noted that the present geo-political zone structure in the country, does not favour the Igbos.
“Igbos should look ahead of this arrangement and political parties to get economic and social freedom to achieve its goals and develop their areas.
Stakeholders from all the country and the diaspora used the occasion to share their thoughts on how to develop the Igbo race and meet its political and social aspirations.