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How Igbo can develop, by Obasanjo, Anyaoku, others




Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday harped on the need for cooperation among states of the South East region, insisting that the zone can feed the country and develop with little or no assistance.

He spoke during the South East Security and Economic Summit in Enugu, as governors of the zone identified infrastructure deficit, deplorable state of federal roads, insecurity, ecological challenges among others as factors hindering the development of the area, pointing out that these had brought other negative consequences.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari, his ministers from the South East zone and only governor produced by the All progressives Congress (APC) in the zone, Rochas Okorocha shunned the summit.

The president who was to declare the event open did not also send representation, a development that sent members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) into the streets jubilating.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had in the same vein said that lack of inclusion and respect for rule of law were central to the level of disenchantment in the country, explaining that no section of a country could feel happy when unjustly treated or when her people are languishing in prisons even when the courts have asked for their release.

Obasanjo, who was the guest of honour insisted that the South East should not succumb to the threats of marginalization and neglect, stressing that the zone had something that could be explored to turn around her fortunes and that of the entire country.

He said: “When I was growing up, we know the South East with enterprise, entrepreneurship, communal effort and communal spirit, spirit of adventure, there is no place you go and there is no Igbo man there. Nobody has taken this away from you. The problem is how we can utilize these skills in the area of economy and security. We should not work alone, if we have been working alone and not gone far, we should stop. That is the purpose of this summit.”

Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku, harped on the need for restructuring for economic stability and unity of the country, explaining that Nigeria would always witness under development and economic crisis unless the various units are made to develop individually.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on behalf of the governors called for the intervention of the Federal Government in ensuring that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport meets with internationally accepted standards.

Chairman of the Summit, Prof Barth Nnaji had stated that the alleged feeling of abandonment by the government since the end of the war, lack of equity and fairness among others elicited the summit.

He said that Ndigbo were merely asking that what was due to them as part and parcel of the country should be given to them, explaining that it would help address youth’s restiveness in Nigeria.

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  • Uwaoma, Chigozie

    I will keep writing it: Buhari and co are bunch of failures.
    A supposed president of Nigeria is now known for his tribal/ethnic sentiment, religious sentiment and massive highhandedness in the affairs of a country – Nigeria…

    I want Buhari and co to prove me wrong for once…

  • Nnabuike

    In the End, we are all humans in search of individual happiness and fulfilment

  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    Take it or leave it Buhari may be accelerating every process.

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Well said and not done. Baba Egba. How did you encourage all this enumerable accolades of the Ibos enduring and sacrificial spirit during the Shango ruling of your 8 years, by NNPC multi billion representative in Edo State and Piggery edifice in Imo State. This summit should be viewed critically, is it really for the interest of the Ibo man within the context of Nigeria or another Diamond ruse, or is Baba Egba really in hope?

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Also you have to know from history that hope is not synonyms with the West but stronghold and all political manoeuvres done and being done by it is on stronghold emancipation and entrenchment. A word for the wise.