A former Chief of General Staff in the military era, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), on Wednesday claimed that the Igbo race is hated in Nigeria.
Speaking in Lagos, the elder statesman said rather than lament their plight, Igbos should stay focused on their strength because “they have what it takes to succeed in Nigeria.”
According to Ukiwe, ‘’Igbo people are great people, it is unfortunate that they are being hated. But I am urging them to stop lamenting. This is not the time for lamentation. Igbo people should get up and move on because hatred is not always a bad thing. Ndigbo have good manners.
“Let them practice good manners and move on. We are not known for being idle. Igbo people will succeed in this country.”
Also speaking at the event, the founding Chairman of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Prof Anya Anya called on Ndigbo to assist in building the reputation of Nigeria through unity.
‘’Ndigbo should stop lamenting over their position in the country. Ndigbo should assist in building the reputation of Nigeria by being united. It is only with unity that Ndigbo would achieve their goals in Nigeria. But Ndigbo must stop the habit of lamentation,” he said.