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Ndi-Igbo are not loved in Nigeria, because we're hardworking people - Nwodo

Chief John Nnia Nwodo
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has revealed the real reason why Ndi-Igbo are being hated in Nigeria, attributing that because they are hard working people.

Nwodo stated this in the maiden public lecture for Second Republic Senator and one of the founding fathers of Ebonyi State, the late Senator Offia Nwali, who died in 2016 at the age of 74.

Speaking on immortalisation of Nwali’s name through a public lecture, Chief Nwodo, who was a former Minister of Information reminded the Igbo about the stuff they were made of, admonishing them to stop behaving like conquered people in conquered territory.

He noted that while there are divided voices and different historical accounts about the origin of the Igbo and their link with the Jews, there are no doubt, several unmistaken similarities between the Igbo and the Jews.

He enjoined the Igbo therefore to emulate the Jewish people, pointing out that “we are not loved in Nigeria and the reason is because we are hardworking and so enterprising.

“If you are an Igbo man, re-think Igbo. I have never seen any other tribe in Nigeria that is treated like conquered people like ours, he added.

Why affirming that discriminatory practices against the Igbo are obvious, but the stage for lamentation was gone, he noted that requisite actions and decisive steps have commenced in a bid to address the situation.

Nwodo condemned the harsh bail conditions given to the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, saying that though the Igbo should continue to remain humble and gentle, such character should not be mistaken for timidity.

Meanwhile, he revealed that the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization is at the forefront at present in achieving an agricultural revolution in Igboland as it was practised during the Michael Okpara era. To this end, he said, the target is to produce five million palm trees in Igbo land in the next five years, noting that when the Igbo man keys into the project, about $300 million could be generated from palm oil alone in Igbo land.

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