Obasanjo, Igbokwe urge unity among ethnic nationalities
Charge Ndigbo to play better politics
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, yesterday, canvassed greater unity among all ethnic nationalities in the country and urged Ndigbo to play better politics.
Obasanjo, who made the call at the Ohaneze Ndigbo 2021 Igbo Day celebration in Lagos with the theme: Celebrating Primordial Brotherhood Between Igbo And Yoruba, insisted that he would do everything within his power to ensure the unity of Nigeria, stressing that unity and justice were vital for sustainable peace.
He said: “Igbo people are widely travelled and their contributions to the growth and development of the country cannot be overemphasised. We need one another in the country for sustainable peace.”
Some eminent personalities, who attended the event are: Senator Florence Ita-Giwa; former President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Sam Ohuabunwa; former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Bonfrere Jo; Chief Obinna Iyiegbu, popularly called Obi Cubana; Chairman of Chisco Motors, Dr. Chidi Anyaegbu and popular Nollywood actors, among others.
On his part, Igbokwe stressed partnership and unity, adding that there was the need for Igbo people to build bridges instead of burning them and that the South East had the least number of registered voters with about 8 million people, while other region have between 14 and 18 million voters.
“For anyone to be President of Nigeria, he needs to score 15 million votes and it’s not in the South East and of 8 million, one may get 4 million, so where would we get the remaining 11 million votes?
“Blackmail, killing of security officers, destroying police stations and banks can’t lead anyone to where he wants to go. If the people agitating for Biafra do the same for the presidency, would they use the power to divide Nigeria? That is the argument,” he said.
Igbokwe stressed that decision are taken in conference rooms and not in market places, adding: “So if we are not there we would miss out because partnership is key.
Igbo are critical stakeholders in Lagos State, but if not properly aligned, they could lose their voice.”
President of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna thanked Obasanjo for his involvement with Igbo people and for also involving them in the nation’s activities, especially during his administration.
Secretary, Ohaneze Lagos Chapter, Chief Everest Ozoeke, mentioned plans to build an edifice that would comprise all the states that make up Ohanaeze Ndigbo, adding that it has been the president’s dream to build such a facility.
He urged the Igbo and Yoruba people to ensure sustenance of their relationship, stressing that strategic engagement was ongoing for Igbo presidency in 2023.