Have Faith In Nigeria, Uzodinma Urges Igbos

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The Igbos of the South East geo-political zone of the country have been called upon to have faith in the project Nigeria and work relentlessly for an equitable country where they can optimize their talents and actualize their destiny.

The Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Senator Hope Uzodinma who made the call in London at the weekend, also called for the establishment of a technology village in the South-East, insisting that in a strong united Nigeria Igbos using technology and innovation as their compass can build a secure and prosperous South East where their “abiding worth as equal players and partners in the great Nigeria project will become more unassailable.”

Uzodinma whose speech to Imo West Association UK, was titled, “Imo West, Igbos and Project Nigeria”, said he was confident that using the compass of technology and innovation, Igbos can actualize the grand vision of her foremost political icon, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who believed that Igbos have the capacity to spread their wings and be the Ndigbo of Africa and beacon of hope for their African brethren.

He traced the history of Igbo enterprise and recalled that they dominated the intellectual and inventive world before and immediately after independence, citing the feats of great Igbo intellectuals such as Prof. Kenneth Dike, first black VC of University of Ibadan; first Nigeria Professor of Mathematics, Prof Chike Obi, who solved Fermat’s last Therorem, first Nigeria professor of anatomy and physiology, Prof. Chike Edozien and current Obi of Asaba, and Prof. Kodilinonye, the first Nigeria Professor of Medicine, among others, to drive his point home.

 

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