The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen,
has called on Igbo leaders to seek ways of interfacing with the Federal
Government to address their legitimate grievances.
Abbas spoke at the launch of the Peace in the South East
Project, a brainchild of the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu, in Bende, Abia
He noted that despite the economic strength of the
Southeast, agitations in the region had caused it many losses.
The Speaker said the peace in the Southeast was invariably
the peace and progress of the entire Nigeria.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and
Public Affairs, Musa Krishi, Abbas lamented that the wave of insecurity
“continues to cripple daily life and significantly paralyse socio-economic
endeavours, in a region whose people are renowned for their resourcefulness and
Abbas said: “Between 1956 and 1965, the then Eastern region
was regarded as the fastest-growing economy in Africa and Asia. Indeed, the
South-East has remained an economic powerhouse in Nigeria and sub-Saharan
Africa, leading in trade and commerce.
“From Aba to Adamawa and Enugu to Europe, Igbo are known to
be entrepreneurial, resourceful, peace-loving, savvy, tenacious and
peace-loving. That is the character of the Igbo. That is who you are. Three of
your cities, Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi, are among the most industrialised in
“A sizable chunk of the major investments in many parts of
Nigeria are Igbo-owned. Your contributions to the Nigerian economy, either
through imports, business investments, or Diaspora remittances, among others,
“The contributions of the Igbo are apparent not only with
regard to the economy but also in all fields of human endeavour, including
literature, academia, the creative industry and many more.”
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