President Common Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Nnia Nwodo, has cautioned Nigerians towards any type of discrimination towards Igbo, recalling that Nigeria belongs to all ethnic nationalities residing in it.
Nwodo harassed that the current composition of the nation permits for the participation of all of the ethnic and political teams, therefore the necessity for Igbo to be given enough alternatives to take part in varied political actions wherever they reside within the nation.
Talking at this yr’s Igbo Cultural Day celebration held in Akure, Ondo State, Nwodo lamented that the Igbo ethnic nationality is essentially the most marginalised ethnic group within the nation.
The Ohaneze chief urged that the Igbo folks must be allowed to carry political positions in any a part of the state the place they discover themselves.
“As a scholar within the college of Ibadan, I contested for the publish of the president of the College students’ Union and defeated a Yoruba man. Regardless of being an Igbo man, I loved the assist of the Yoruba people who find themselves majority of the scholars.”
“I count on the identical factor to occur within the bigger society. I look ahead to a rustic the place an Igbo man will contest and win an election in Ondo or Osun State. And a Yoruba man will contest and win election in Imo or Enugu State,” he added.
Nwodo additionally enjoined Igbo folks residing exterior their residence states to respect the tradition and traditions of their host communities and be guided by the legal guidelines of the land.
He lauded the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for creating an enabling setting for Igbo to reside and do their companies, saying it was unprecedented.
He additionally harassed the necessity for enterprise collaboration between the state and Igbo, including that Igbo individuals are able to companion Akeredolu to drive the economic system of the state.
In his remarks, Mr Akeredolu solicited the assist of the Igbo forward of the 2019 normal elections.
Akeredolu particularly referred to as on Igbo residing within the state to assist his administration in his want to rework the state and switch it to financial hub of the nation.
Equally, the previous governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, referred to as on Igbo to make sure that they assist credible candidates with good antecedents within the subsequent yr’s normal election.
Mimiko who’s contesting for the Ondo Central senatorial district election on the platform of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) mentioned Igbo maintain important place within the nation and urged them to make sure that they vote correctly in the course of the forthcoming elections.
Describing Igbo ethnic nationality as an indefatigable drive within the nation, Governor Akeredolu who mentioned they’re lovers of fine governance and democracy, assured that his administration wouldn’t discriminate towards them.
He mentioned Igbo residing within the state profit from all programmes of his authorities, including that a lot of them are given contracts to execute like their Yoruba counterparts.
The governor urged Igbo to take pleasure in all of the rights and privileges open to Yoruba within the state.
Additionally, he suggested Igbo within the state to stay dedicated to
the course of advancing the financial frontiers of the state, promising that his authorities would proceed to companion them for the progress of the state.