General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has called on the people of southeast geopolitical zone to ensure that Nigerians continue to feel their positive impact.
The former president made the plea on Saturday, September 21, when the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) from the 19 northern states and Abuja visited him for his recent 78th birthday. IBB said the Igbo’s tenacity in business enterprises spans the length and breath of the country and beyond.
He, however, warned that Nigeria must remain an indivisible entity regardless of ethnic, religious or political differences.
“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.
“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. He appreciated the Igbos for being very enterprising and determined to succeed by penetrating the nooks and crannies of the country for business exploits.
“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.
Okezie prayed God to continue to grant IBB the strength and wisdom to offer advice that would help Nigeria in tackling its various challenges.