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Friday, 15 July 2016

We Are For One Nigeria, Says Ohaneze Ndi Igbo


Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, the apex socio political group for Igbos have announced their unshaken faith in one Nigeria.

 The group said the South East remain an integral part of  Nigeria, saying no group or individual can break up the country.

The group made its stance known in Owerri at a meeting tagged “ Igbo Unity Forum" held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Owerri.

 Ohaneze cautioned groups agitating for the split of the nation to cease, calling on Igbo sons and daughters who have investments in other parts if the country to replicate same in the zone in order to create employment in the South East.  

The President-General of Ohanaeze, Gary Enwo Igariw­ey, in his speech, described the meeting as crucial to the re­building of the South East.

 “We should come together and solve our prob­lems. We are known for our resilience and industry. Thirty percent of investments in Lagos and Abuja are owned by Ndig­bo but after now we are calling on our people to think home and build another Abuja in Ig­boland” He said .

“We should invest at home to create jobs for our people. So today is a special day because we have decided as a people to close ranks and proffer solu­tions to our problems”, he said.

The guest speaker, Prof. Anya O. Anya, called for the re-orientation of Ndigbo, stressing that, “the solutions to our prob­lems can only be found within. We are the only ones that can solve our own problems.”

He added that, “We are preparing to rebuild Igboland to meet with the Nigeria of the 21st Century. We have gathered because the time is critical so that we can chart a new course for our people. There has never been a time we are faced with the barrage of problems like now, so we need to find solu­tions to our problems.”

Anya called on Igbo to have a paradigm shift in their quest for the development of their area, and begin to build bridges with other ethnic nationalities.

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