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Former Imo State governor and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, has said that Ndigbo’s belief in Nigeria’s unity and progress cannot be equaled.
Okorocha who spoke to newsmen in Enugu after the meeting of South East leaders and stakeholders, expressed the dismay of Igbo leaders over the recent unfortunate disturbances that led to loss of lives and destruction of public and private properties across the country.
He said, ‘We need peace and unity in Igbo land and in Nigeria, we believe in the unity of this country, and we believe in the entity called Nigeria. And all Igbo, who believe so, we are deeply concerned by recent happenings and we never imagined that kind of dimension in Igbo land.’
Okorocha made it clear that the #EndSARS protest against police brutality, which was later hijacked by people with ulterior motives, was a wakeup call for Igbo and Nigerian leaders to rise to their responsibilities to the people and youths in particular.
This he has necessitated the Igbo leaders taking a decision to properly mentor and empower the youths in readiness to take over from them more equipped to handle the challenges of the time.
He said, ‘So we are here to reassure our youths, and we are here to reassure Nigerians that we will take the necessary steps to correct some of the things perceived as wrong doings and to make Nigerians know that Igbo are part and parcel of this country and will remain so and unquestionably.’
Speaking on 2023 presidency, the Senator announced that Igbo political leaders had resolved to shelve their party differences and affiliations to work for the interest of Ndigbo and Nigeria ahead of 2023 general elections and beyond.