Ohanaeze Ndigbo implored the Southeast Governors Forum to step up and become the pillar of strength for Ndigbo.
This appeal was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, August 15, by the Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro who stated, “Ndigbo need directions and a new political rallying point and pillar, in the absence of our legends, late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu and Dr. Alex Ekwueme, the responsibility fall on the Chairman of Southeast Governors forum, and Ebonyi state Governor, Engr Dave Umahi, as Ndigbo are full of expectations, that he concedes to this burden of leadership bestowed on him.”
The group also explained that the absence of Igbo people at the federal level of government demands that the Igbos rise up to make their people noted.
Isiguzoro also noted that Umahi’s impressive performances have redefined governance in Ebonyi State; stating that the state now has new look and has become center of foreign business Investments.
The Ohanaeze described Umahi as the modern father of Ebonyi predicated on his developmental gains recorded since the assumption of office as the state’s helmsman.
According to the release, “the transformation in Ebonyi State is unprecedented. And this did not go without some level of leadership thought; a high level of creative ability, as well as ingenuity by the governor. In virtually every locality, he knows their problems and what critical infrastructure must also be fixed.”
Meanwhile, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido, on Saturday, August 14, revealed that Nigeria had made zero progress since 1981.
Sanusi made this assertion in Kaduna at a colloquium to mark his 60th birthday; while maintaining that the government must make the economy grow for the sake of ordinary Nigerians.
According to him, in the last 40 years, the Nigerian economy hadn’t made any meaningful progress.
Nigeria’s GDP per capita on purchasing power parity had gone through a cycle where it grew; and plummeted to nearly the amount it was 40 years ago, the former Kano Emir noted.
He said, “In 1980, Nigeria’s GDP per capita on purchasing power parity basis was $2,180. In 2014, it appreciated by 50 per cent to $3,099. According to the World Bank, where were we in 2019? $2,229. At this rate in the next two years in terms of purchasing power parity, the average income of a Nigerian would have gone back to what it was in 1980 under Shehu Shagari. That means, in 40 years, no progress, we made zero progress. 40 years wasted.”