- Igbos have been advised to leverage on their compassionate advantage to strengthen their negotiation skills in politics
- The advice was given by Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma at an event to mark the 80th birthday of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
- The governor said Igbos are seeking better accommodation, and not domination across the country
Owerri - Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has charged Ndi Igbo to strengthen their negotiation skills to play politics effectively at the national level.
Uzodimma made the comment at the public lecture tagged 'Igbos quest for Nigeria’s unity', in honour of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in Owerri.
The lecture was one of the events lined up to celebrated the 80th birthday of the elder statesman.
Governor Uzodimma disclosed that the Igbos must leverage on our compassionate advantage to strengthen their negotiation skill.
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“The greatest of all is that we are weak in negotiations. We are often not as diplomatic as we ought to be. Perhaps our greatest bane is the “Nzogbu Nzogbu, Enyimba” spirit in all of us.
“This spirit probably deludes us into believing that we can do it all alone or into hoping that someday “manna” will fall from heaven and give us the day.”
The governor added that even though the unfortunate event of the 60s has not helped matters, Igbos are still held hostage.
He added that Ndi Igbo have risen from the ashes, spreading across the nation still seeking better accommodation and not domination.
In his encomium on Chief Iwuanyanwu, he stated that the elder statesman has always defended the legitimate quest by Ndigbo to have a fair deal in Nigeria.
Present at the event were former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the former President-General, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, General Ike Nwachukwu, among other prominent Nigerians.
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