A former National Youth Leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Tony-Uche Ezekwelu, has lamented the continued marginalization of Igbos in Nigeria, advised the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze to work with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and other Biafra group to end the situation.
Ezekwelu, who spoke to Sun News also advised Igbo businessmen to bring their businesses back to Igbo land and make the region the economic hub of Nigeria.
According to him, the way out for the Igbo people out of this marginalization is for the Igbo to stop marginalizing themselves.
“Igbo people across the world should move their businesses back to the South East and do what the Catalonians have done in Spain, making Barcelona and other key cities of the Catalonian region to become the control- ling arm of the economy of Spain.
“If all the Igbo big men bring back their major businesses from Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria and invest heavily here in South East, the zone will now become the economic hub of Nigeria.
“ should know that ‘akuluo uno’ (investing at home) is the way out.
“Let us now concentrate our efforts in building a world-class cities like the United Arab Emirates, the people of Abu Dhabi did.
“Let us make the South East the Dubai of Nigeria, West Africa, and Africa. By the time we come in here to invest these ef- forts, we invest in building other places across Nigeria, the solution will come.
“A friend of mine who built a heavy mansion in Kaduna before the crisis in the recent years happened, a building he did on eight plots of land, something he did with over N160 million at the time he built it around 2007/8, by the time the crisis came, he couldn’t live there and had to leave.
Do you know how much he eventually sold the house after much pleading with friends? He sold it for just N10 million. What somebody laboured for, for years. If he had built anywhere in the South East, do you think anything will happen to it?
“Let all the Igbo know that whatever they have outside Igboland is not secured.
“Let us come home and build superpower economy within the South East and South South of Nigeria. Let us turn Port Har- court, Aba, Onitsha, and other areas to our own Lagos and use Enugu as our own re- gional capital.
“If we are able to do it with-in the next two years, Nigerians will start begging us. We need to work together.
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo should be more organized and more proactive and should work hand in hand with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafra groups.
“Ohanaeze as a father must bring IPOB, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and other pro-Biafra groups together and work as one and work with the Igbo in the Diaspora because that is the biggest asset Ndigbo have.
“The Dias- pora economy of Igboland is second to none in the whole of Africa. In the world, it’s only second to the Jews.
“What we need to do is to organize here; make sure that we have world-class leaders manning the South Eastern states.
“Let us stop putting mediocre as governors of our states. Let us make Igbo nation one party region; one political party.
“What we need is stra- tegic planning and thinking; coordination, eschew unnecessary bickering and disharmony and things will work better.