Professor Chinedu Nebo, a former Minister of Power, has said that the Igbos are specially created by God to build the economy of Nigeria and consequently, there would be no Nigeria without the Igbo people.
As reported by Oriental Times, he made the assertion while speaking to newsmen at the South East Development and Leadership Initiative (SELDI) 2016 in Enugu with the theme “Integrating the South-East Economy for Sustainable Growth and Development”.
According to Professor Chinedu Nebo who was also the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Igbo nation is an object of envy to other ethnic nationalities in the country because of their resourcefulness, dignity of labour and rich cultural heritage.
He called on all Igbo sons and daughters from different walks of life to come back home and invest with a view of making our homeland great again.
“Nigeria is angry with the Igbo’s growth and development. It is obvious. It is only in Nigeria that a traditional ruler will open his mouth and say that if you do not vote for this person, then we will drown you and throw you into the lagoon. A traditional ruler who is suppose to be the promoter of peace and custodian of the people’s culture and tradition.
“It is high time we woke up and believed in ourselves. The Igbos are great people all over the world. About 80% of Igbo wealth is in the Diaspora. We invest outside the country without coming back home. We need to adopt the ‘think home’ philosophy, come back home and develop our land. We need to build and develop love for one another.
“The philosophy of ‘igwebuike’ (togetherness) is still there. There shall be capacity for mentorship for our younger generation.”
The former Minister, described the summit as timely and apt, advocating for an improved educational system that will ensure that capable individuals are produced from institutions of learning. Adding that it was not just enough to churn out half-baked graduates into the labour market, Nebo said there is a need for development in the education system and curriculum in science, innovation and mathematics.