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Nwodo, Onu urge Igbo unity to actualise presidency


Dr. Ogbonaya Onu

Prominent Igbo sons and daughters yesterday said that Nigeria’s unity would be enhanced when someone from the South East region is given a chance to rule the country when the tenure of the present administration elapses.

Former governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo made the call at the International Easter Retreat for Ndigbo at home and the Diaspora hosted by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in Uburu, Ebonyi State.

He urged Nigerians to support the Igbo presidency because it was a veritable means of achieving the desired unity in the country.Nwodo said: “The Igbo are the most detribalized people in Nigeria and an Igbo president would ensure fairness and justice to all groups of people in the country which would guarantee fairness.

“An Igbo president would ensure that all tribes are treated equitably because if he fails, Igbo residing in these tribes would bear the brunt of his misrule through attacks and otherwise.”

He noted that an Igbo president would therefore, not want to endanger the lives and property of his people as this would make him ensure that all segments of the country receive equal treatment.

“Nigeria should be restructured to ensure that all ethnic groups harness their economic potentials to ensure the development of the country.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 Igbo.

Speaking, Onu thanked the organisers of the event and noted that it would proffer solutions to the nagging problems confronting the Igbo nation.“Igbo and Nigerians should depend less on importation of foreign commodities in order to come out of recession and ensure economic growth and sustainability,” he said.

Professor of Political Economy 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 South East, adding: “The Igbo should look ahead of this arrangement and political parties to get economic and social freedom to achieve its goals and develop their region.

Stakeholders from across 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.

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