Some Igbo traders resident in the 19 northern states of the country have expressed readiness to relocate most of their enterprises to five South eastern states if given an opportunity by the governors from the geopolitical zone.
Chief Shedrack Dimoha, the President General, Anambra State Indigenes Welfare Association (ASIWA), Kaduna branch, who disclosed this in an interview in Awka, the state capital, observed that relocating their investments to their home states would help in developing South East so quick as they were doing in other regions.
“There is no place like home. We would love to bring our establishments to the South East to help in developing our region too. We have developed other lands. We want to extend it to our land. We are asking South East governors to help us actualise this by providing us with an enabling environment. They should make space available to accommodate us,” Dimoha stated, noting however, that they were ‘enjoying’ peaceful coexistence in the north.
The ASIWA president general, while hailing the governors for their various aides to the Igbo in Diaspora, appealed that they should not relent in coming to their rescue whenever they were called upon, as it would, according to him, give them a sense of belonging.
“They should also remember our children when given out scholarships, bursary and other incentives to deserving students. We have what others living in the zone have. It will help us have a sense of belonging,” he added. On Anambra state 2020 gubernatorial poll, Dimoha enjoined all political parties and stakeholders to allow best candidates from the Anambra South district to emerge their guber flag bearers so that electorate would in turn, vote in someone from the zone to succeed the incumbent, Willie Obiano.