By Jude Atupulazi
The Igbo people of the Southeastern Region have been urged to shun the usual claim of marginalization in Nigeria and close ranks among themselves to attain bigger achievements in the country.
The traditional ruler of Ifitedunu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, His Majesty, Igwe Emeka Ilouno, made the claim while delivering a keynote address during the 2018 Independence Summit of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN)
Ilouno who spoke on the theme, ''Nigeria since independence: how far so far for the Igbo nation'', said the usual cry of marginalization though true, should cease.
He said the marginalization of Igbos stemmed from envy as a result of the resourcefulness of her people and started long before the attainment of Independence by Nigerians.
'It is time for Ndigbo to talk more about their successes and their strength than continually complaining and displaying weakness.
'The Igbo man is not weak, the Igbo man is an ingenious being who can survive anywhere in the world, irrespective of the condition. All the Igbo man needs is a little freedom and the latitude to operate, and he would beat every one, both in business, academics and other human endeavours.'
He said it was the same quest to keep the Igbo man down that caused the federal government to hand over the power sector in the Southeast to one who was close to them, even though he was known not to have any ingenuity in the power sector, and that by doing so, they had caged many businesses in Igbo land.
'If only the federal government can take away power from the exclusive list, you will see the ingenuity in our brothers. They will come up with programmes that can ensure steady supply of power in the Southeast which will help keep our people in business.
'Do you know that over 500 businesses have closed shop in Nnewi because of lack of power? Just imagine how businesses will thrive here if we had power. Just give the Igbo man the enabling environment and forget about every other thing because he will survive,' the monarch said.
The national president of the association, Engr Olumuyiwa Ajibola, while declaring open the summit, stated that the ingenuity of the Igbo man was well known in Nigeria and beyond, but called on her people to rather exploit the ingenuity of her professionals to move her forward, rather than complaining ceaselessly on marginalization.