By Okey Sampson, Umuahia
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State said the Igbo are more committed to the unity of Nigeria than any other ethnic group. He therefore called on other ethnic groups to imitate the same spirit to promote a more united Nigeria.
The governor who made this known to the government residence of Umuahia when he received the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said the Igbo man lives and does business in all regions of the country and contributes to the socio-economic development of its host. community.
Ikpeazu believed that despite the apparent differences, with a little patience and tolerance, Nigeria will overcome its current challenges.
He said that if young Nigerians are given equal opportunity, they are able to take strategic positions and run the country properly and praised Governor Bello’s readiness to galvanize Nigerians.
He joined with a united and stronger Nigeria which is everyone’s goal and warned that if we should all condemn the criminal actions of certain people, we must avoid the temptation of general profiling of any ethnic group in Nigeria.
Ikpeazu praised Governor Bello for appointing young people to his cabinet, including Igbo, and described him as his friend and strong pillar of support.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu then presented his guest with Made in Aba products, including traditional Igbo clothing.
Earlier, Alhaji Bello said he was in the state to identify with Chief Ikechi Emenike who was burying his mother-in-law in Umuahia and, according to official protocol, he came to pay homage to the governor.
He congratulated Governor Ikpeazu for the good relations existing between them.
Governor Bello took the opportunity to congratulate the Igbo people living in Kogi State for their peaceful and harmonious relations in the State, adding that they have contributed immensely to the economic development of Kogi State.
He said there had been no arrested criminal in Kogi State who would have been identified as an Igbo man and stressed that he believed in united Nigeria where the unrest should be resolved peacefully.