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Igbos have been called upon to have faith in the Nigerian project 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, Sen. Hope Uzodinma who made the call in London while addressing Imo West Association UK, also called for the establishment of a technology village in the South-east.
He insisted that Igbos, using technology and innovation as their compass can build a secure and prosperous South East in a strong, united Nigeria where their “abiding worth as equal players and partners in the great Nigeria project will become more unassailable”.
Uzodinma said he was confident that using the compass of technology and innovation, Igbos can actualize the grand vision of her foremost political icon, 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; Prof Chike Obi, first Nigeria Professor of Mathematics, who solved Fermat’s last Therorem, Prof. Chike Edozien, first Nigeria professor of anatomy and physiology, and current Obi of Asaba, and Prof. Kodilinonye, the first Nigeria Professor of Medicine, among others.
He also recalled the brilliant outings of Igbo youths, such as Kimberly Anyadike, a 15 years old girl who made history in the US as the youngest female pilot in world history and another girl who made the best result in the qualifying exams for University admission in the US.
He told members of the association that, “if we match these staggering achievements of our forbearers, some of which were recorded even before independence, with the resonant inventive ingenuity of the Igbo youths, then you will agree with me that our race has a great future. The improvements of our youths in WAEC Examinations, as evidenced in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 performance, all point to this emerging new Igbo spirit of excellence”.
The Senator however pointed out that this unfolding great Igbo future will remain latent unless it is deliberately harnessed and channeled into fruition through political leadership.
To achieve this, Uzodinma who is also Senate committee chairman on Customs and Excise, called on the Igbo political elite to buy into this new Igbo spirit of excellence and chart the way forward for the Igbo race, pointing out that in place of the clamor for separatism, the political elite should encourage Igbos to see and use the opportunity offered by the vast Nigeria land space to “cut a niche for themselves as the technological bedrock of this Nation”
At the end of the town-hall meeting, Imo West resident in UK and parts of Europe who were in attendance, through a communiqué, re-affirmed their faith in project Nigeria and passed a vote of confidence on the Senator and urged him to run for a higher office in 2019.
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