A business tycoon and politician, Chief Sir Ernest Elochukwu, has called on Igbo Journalists Forum, IJF, to use its platform to ensure that Igbos are brought back to their position in the original configuration of Nigeria.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestello Gateways Group, who made the call during a courtesy visit of Igbo Journalists Forum, IJF, Rivers State to him, said that Igbos are backward compared to the other major tribes in Nigeria.
According to the Anambra born politician, many have suggested and attributed the backwardness to so many things, including the civil war. Some were of the view that Igbos do not have kings or leaders, but Elochukwu was of the view that Igbos were the one that refused to identify or be submissive to their kings or leaders.
He further urged the Forum to use their various media outlets help in bringing back the Igbos in their original position in the political equation of the country. The former Tennis captain of Port Harcourt Club, Rivers State, who said there was nothing wrong for the Igbos to be the Jews in the country, bemoaned lack of love that exists amongst Igbos even in business transactions and trade, as they are known for.
Sir Elochukwu noted that the so called marginalization of the Igbos will not stop, if the Igbos did not retrace their paths by beginning to love one another and doing things the right way. He in the meantime charged the Igbos to always carry their people along and advised those to be carried along not to betray those or whoever that is carrying them along.
Nostalgically, the immediate past National President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, stressed that it was only the Igbos that did not participate in the last general elections as a major tribe. A situation according to him, provided for the emergence of Dr. Bukola Saraki as the present senate president, since there was no Igbo politician elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a senator of the federal republic.
However, the Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management, FNIM, used the medium to advice members of IJF not to allow monetary issues to disorganize the body, but to work assiduously for the vision and mission of the Forum and the course of Igbo race in general.
Responding, Mr. Isaac Mbah, the president of IJF, who earlier presented his address, assured Chief Elochukwu of his administration’s readiness to ensure that the body will stand the taste of time, with the collective effort of members.
He lauded Elochukwu for his audience to IJF, promising that the Forum will do its best to protect the interest of members and the Igbo race in particular.
By Blaise Elumezie