The former Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor Chinedu Nebo has revealed the reason why other tribes in Nigeria are unhappy with the Igbos.
Nebo a Former Minister for Power said that other ethnic nationalities in the country are not happy with the Igbos over their growth and development.
He cited as example, the threat by Lagos Oba, during 2015 general election that if the
people from South East failed to vote for a certain candidate, they would be thrown into the lagoon.
The Professor who stated this during South East Leadership and Development Initiative (SELDI) 2016 in Enugu with the theme
“Integrating the South East Economy for Sustainable Growth and Development,” added that the Igbos as a great people must wake up and believe in themselves.
He said, “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 supposed 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 per cent 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.”
“We need to build an educational system that is relevant. It is not just enough to churn out graduates into the labour market.
We need to develop our education system and curriculum in science, innovation and mathematics”, he said.