One of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former governor of old Abia State, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called on Ndigbo to fully support President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration, saying, when Nigeria starts working well, the Igbo who live everywhere will be the major beneficiaries.
Onu, believes that Buhari’s administration will not marginalize the Ndigbo adding that the APC administration would be good for all.
Speaking when he received an interim 5-man planning committee of the Eze Ndigbo for World Igbo Conference, in Abuja, the APC chieftain said Buhari’s administration was committed to ensuring that new Nigeria would emerge.
He called on the Ohaneze Ndigbo to ensure that Igbo embrace the APC and support Buhari administration, adding that during the elections, the Igbo in the 19 northern states overwhelmingly supported the APC, which made the victory of APC possible.
Onu said: “Ohaneze must be commended for what it’s doing as regards the welfare of Igbo throughout the country and beyond. We have Igbo everywhere; there is no town in Nigeria where there are no Igbo. In Nigeria and across the world there is no place where we don’t have Igbo resident and Ndigbo occupy a very important position in Nigeria.
“We as Ndigbo are the only major ethnic group that is not indigenous to any other countries in the world, so you look at ethnic groups that are indigenous to Nigeria, what that means is that outside Nigeria there is no other country for the Igbo. For other major ethnic groups this is not the case.”
While briefing Dr. Onu on how far the committee has gone, chairman of the interim planning committee of World Igbo Conference, Chief Ben Aranusi, said for a long time Igbo seem not to know their place in the country any longer, hence there is need to sit down and talk among themselves.
“For a long time, Igbo, we seem not to know our place in Nigeria and based on that and based on calls from our brothers and sisters from all over the world, we resolved that there is need for us to sit and talk to ourselves.
“In the sixties, Igbo were leaders in academia, in commerce, in the military and politically up to seventies but now we are not even crying about marginalisation, what the Igbo race look like now are just like Internally Displaced People.
“We are interested in the welfare of Igbo man and that is why we are here to inform you about this conference because the Igbo race cannot continue like this. This body is ready to fight for the right of any Igbo man at any level.
“We have a new administration and we are looking at 2019. Where are we in Nigeria politics? Where are we in academia, in commerce, Igbo man seems to be nowhere, and we must chart a new course and have a direction. The Igbo must be ready from 2019 to 2023.”

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