A former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has declared that without the Igbos Nigeria as a nation would not be complete and that the absence of the tribe’s hard work and brains would have made the country poorer.
According to The Guardian, Gowon made the revelation on Thursday, March 5, while addressing a debate on “National Unity: Federal Character, Restructuring and Rotation of Presidential Power in Nigeria” organised by Igbo Leadership Development Foundation in Abuja.
The ex-military leader who spoke through Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), insisted that the ethnic group placed in Nigeria by God wasn’t a mistake. Read
In another report by Vanguard, the retired general stated that the Igbo nation had been marginalised in Nigeria’s polity and called for the adoption of appropriate measures to improve the pains of the Igbo.
He went on to note that in a democracy, there must be fairness, justice, and transparency in the leadership and governance of a country.