- A former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has advised the Igbos to ensure peaceful coexistence with other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria
- IBB also urged them to ensure their positive impacts are felt in every nook and cranny of the country
- The Nigerian leader, however, emphasised that Nigeria could not afford to break
The people of the southeast geopolitical zone have been urged by the former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), to ensure that Nigerians continue to feel their positive impacts.
Legit.ng reports that the former president made the plea on Saturday, September 21, when the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) from the 19 northern states and Abuja visited him on the commemoration of his 78th birthday.
IBB said the Igbo's tenacity in business enterprises spans the length and breath of the country and beyond.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the IDA delegation was led by its president, Chief Chikezie Okezie and the Eze Igbo of Minna, Eze Pampas Wahiwe.
He, however, warned that Nigeria must remain an indivisible entity regardless of ethnic, religious or political differences.
“You should continue to allow your positive impacts to be felt among host ethnic nationalities in the country, as you explore business opportunities available. Nigerians, Igbos inclusive, should ensure they uphold the ideals of Nigeria’s founding fathers.
“An indivisible Nigeria is very necessary and we must do everything possible to remain as one family, though we differ in tribe and tongue,” he said.
He appreciated the Igbos for being very enterprising and determined to succeed by penetrating the nooks and crannies of the country for business exploits.
“You should use same spirit of enterprise to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, in all that you are doing.
“You have done well to keep Nigeria together. The Igbos are known to have the potentials of traveling far and wide, exploring new frontiers and business opportunities,” he said.
Okezie prayed God to continue to grant IBB the strength and wisdom to offer advice that would help Nigeria in tackling its various challenges.
“As an elder statesman, your wise counsel is very much needed at this point in our national life,” he said. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said it is important and beneficial for Nigeria as a nation to remain together than to be apart.
It was reported that Osinbajo made the remark on Saturday, September 21, during a convocation lecture at the Osun State University.
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