Buhari will ensure even development, says Onu
Speaking while receiving a five members planning committee of the forthcoming World Igbo Congress, he remarked that it behooves on Nigerians of Igbo extraction to close ranks and join hands in ensuring the success of the President Buhari-led administration.
Onu, who was first civilian governor of old Abia State remarked that the resolve by President Buhari to bail out the entire 36 states of the federation in desperate need of money to pay salary arrears speaks volume of Buhari’s posture not to discriminate against any Nigerian irrespective of political affiliation.
Recalling how members of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) resident in the northern part of the country voted en masse for the APC in the recent general election, he assured that the South East geo political zone would surely benefit from the developmental projects to be rolled out by the Buhari-led administration soon.
Reiterating that Buhari administration remains committed to ensuring the emergence of a new Nigeria, he noted that the much sought security of lives and properties which is of utmost importance to the citizenry, including Ndigbo would be achieved under the Buhari led administration.
Applauding Ohanaeze Ndigbo and affiliate bodies for bringing the entire Ndigbo together under one umbrella aimed at charting the way forward for Ndigbo, he maintained that Ndigbo, which he said is a truly indigenous ethnic group in the country occupies a very unique position that its contribution would surely propel the growth of the country.
Continuing, he said: “Ohaneze must be commended for what its doing as regards the welfare of Igbo throughout the country and beyond. We have Igbos everywhere; there is no town in Nigeria where there is no Igbos. In Nigeria and across the world there is no place where we don’t have Igbo residence throughout the world and the Igbo occupy a very important position in Nigeria.
“We as Igbos 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 in Nigeria, what that means is that outside Nigeria there is no other country for the Igbos. For other major ethnic groups this is not the case.”
Chairman Interim Planning Committee of the World Igbo Conference, Chief Ben Aranusi justified the need for the forum noting it is aimed at positioning Ndigbo to face contemporary challenges in the political, economic and educational sphere of life in the country.
Speaking glowingly of Onu’s contribution towards the success of the APC at the poll, he noted: “ For a long time Igbos seems not to know it place in the country any longer, hence there is need to seat down and talk among themselves. For a long time, Igbos, we seems 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 seat and talk to ourselves.
“In the sixties, Igbos 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 is not like internally displaced people, in fact Igbo are now like internally displaced race.
“This Ohaneze caretaker is interested is in the welfare of Igbo man and that is why we are here to inform you about this conference because the Igbo race can not 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 chat a course and have a direction. The Igbo must be