Nigeria’s former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), on Saturday commended Igbo people for keeping Nigeria together.
He further urged them to allow their positive impact be felt in the country as they explore business opportunities bearing in mind that indivisible Nigeria is very necessary.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Babangida made the remark in Minna, when the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA), from the 19 Northern states and Abuja, led by the IDA president, Chief Chikezie Okezie and the Eze Igbo of Minna, Eze Pampas Wahiwe, visited him for his recent 78th birthday.
“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.
While appreciating the spirit of enterprise of the Igbos, the ex military leader urged Igbo people to promote unity in the country using the same spirit.
“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.
“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.
In response, Okezie prayed for more wisdom for him and reiterated the need for his wise counsel in the country.
“As an elder statesman, your wise counsel is very much needed at this point in our national life,” he said. (NAN)