Ahead of 2015 presidential election, frontline Igbo leader and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, has said that the only way to redress the ‘injustice’ done to the Igbo nation since the end of the civil war is to give an Ndigbo a chance in 2015.
The Abia-born politician said this on Friday at the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, while delivering a lecture to mark the 80th birthday of former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Chukwumerije who served as Secretary of Information under the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida administration added that the creation of more states and giving igbo nation the mandate in 2015 are the desires of every reasonable Igbo man.
Speaking on a lecture he entitled, ‘The Igbo and the Nigerian political space: The path to self-rehabilitation,’ the Senator insisted that the solution to Nigeria’s problems lies in the hands of the region.
He also called on the Federal Government to upgrade the Oko polytechnic to a university of science and technology and rename it after Ekwueme.
He, said for the Igbo to achieve their long-awaited dream of ruling the country, there’s a need for peace and unity among them, adding that they must adopt a positive mental attitude and focus on areas where they had comparative advantage and strategy.
Chukwumerije however urged the Federal Government to rehabilitate federal roads in the South-East, construct the Second Niger Bridge, and renovated the defunct cement plant at Nkalagu and the power plant at Oji River, in Enugu State.
He said Igbo’s case is not exception, stressing that it had happened to other people around the world like the Japanese, the Jews and the Italians; but that the people never gave up.
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who discussed Chukwumerije’s lecture, affirmed that all hope is not lost for the people of the land, noting that Ndigbo would rise again.
Paying tribute to Ekwueme, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State said Ekwueme remains an enviable leader.
He said the Igbo had sacrificed a lot to build Nigeria and must be allowed to take their proper place in the affairs of the nation. “We must strike a new agreement with Nigeria,” he said.