The Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe has proclaimed the Igbos are the “glue” holding the country together, noting that Igbos had invested in the unity, oneness, and growth of the country more than any other ethnic nationality or people, aso Naija reports.
Mr. Abaribe, an Igbo who represents Abia South senatorial District at the National Assembly, was speaking in Enugu on Monday at the inauguration of “Igbonine”, a newly formed socio-cultural organization.
Igbonine is an apolitical association of all Igbos in Nigeria and worldwide regardless of dialect, religion, socio-economic class, and political ideology.
“We are the largest domestic investors in Nigeria today and have our investment scattered all over the country even to the remotest parts,” Mr. Abaribe declared at the gathering.
“Igbos are the glue that holds Nigeria together.”
“We are found everywhere; we interface and inter-cohabit with other tribes and ethnic nationalities in the country very peacefully and progressively.
“Igbos remained the most traveled ethnic nationality to other parts of the country to interact and understand them better,’’ he added.
The senator further advocated inclusive governance as the panacea to quell accusations of marginalization being registered by ethnic nationalities in the country.
The senate minority leader noted that the alleged unequal treatment of various people and segments that made up the country remained the root of the present political challenge of the country.
“Luckily, it is not only the South-East or Igbos that feel alienated; but the cry of marginalization is spread over the country.
“They are only painting Igbos as only those complaining and causing trouble.
“Our country is supposed to be an inclusive country, where fairness, equity, and deliberate action to ensure every part of the country is duly represented and carried along,’’ he said.
In a lecture titled; “Igbos: What Do We Want’’, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, noted that although Igbos had gradually recovered economically from the civil war, “our people are yet to recover politically’’.
Mr. Moghalu, who was the Presidential Candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the 2019 General Election, urged Igbos to close ranks and build a formidable force to assert themselves politically.
He said: “I will also urge our people to go for those that have wisdom and intellect to deliver on set goals rather than the ongoing cash-and-carry politics prevailing among us.
“The first generation of Igbo politicians in the first republic like Zik of Africa, Michael Okpara, Akanu Ibiam, etc were great intellectuals endowed by God to deliver the region and country at that time’’.