Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Sunday said distrust was the bane of Igbo unity.
He asked the Igbo to unite and trust themselves, adding that it was by so doing that they would be reckoned with in Nigeria.
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Ekwueme spoke at the traders’ summit and award ceremony organised by the Anambra Consensus Project to honour outstanding traders in 57 major markets in Anambra State.
The ceremony took place at Amaokpala in the Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.
Ekwueme recalled that the Igbo were united before and immediately after Nigeria’s Independence, wondering what had gone wrong over the years.
He expressed displeasure at what was going on among the Igbo lately.
Ekwueme stated, “When I returned to Nigeria after my studies abroad, I worked for the then ESSO West Africa Limited and the job took me to many cities in the northern part of the country.
“I found out that there was no place you would go and won’t find an Igbo man and they all cooperated well.
“If you wanted to buy medicine in any city in the North, whether it was Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Bauchi, Bida, Minna, anywhere, it was an Igbo person that would sell it to you.
“Igbo people were so industrious that northerners were saying that after the white man, the next most important person created by God was the Igbo.”