Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), yesterday stated that Nigeria would not be complete without Ndigbo, adding that the absence of Igbo’s intelligentsia and hard work would have made the nation poorer.
Addressing a debate on;
“National Unity: Federal Character, Restructuring, and Rotation of Presidential Power in Nigeria” organized by Igbo Leadership Development Foundation in Abuja, Gowon, who spoke through Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, maintained that God did not make a mistake in putting the ethnic group in Nigeria.
The ex-military leader noted that in a democracy, there must be fairness, justice, and transparency in the leadership and governance of a country, adding that “restructuring has to be done in an atmosphere of tolerance and love for one another.”
“I am not a friend of hate speech and bitterness but a friend of patriotism because Nigeria is dear to my heart and I believe in the bright future of Nigeria and Igbo and that together, we can make our country great”.