A prominent South-East soci-cultural group, Igbo Think Tank, (ITT), has tasked Igbo elites to urgently develop and turn Igbo land into the Japan of Africa before Igbo Youth frustrated and angered over years of marginalisation, unemployment and unequal opportunities, declares full blown war on the Nigerian State.
This was contained in the address presented by the ITT’s Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees and Convener of its ‘Roundtable on Security and Economy’, Rev Obinna Akukwe, in Enugu on Friday.
The cleric and veteran Igbo activist urged the elites to quickly swing into action before South-East youth angling for war against the Nigerian State takes over the space.
In his address, the ITT Chairman BOT, Prof Mark Ezeibe, said that the ingenuity should be utilised by other Igbo scientists, technologists and industrialists in turning South-East into the Japan of Africa.
Prof Ezeibe added that “the Igbo Think Tank have over the years been brainstorming and thinking on how to set off a developmental chain reaction in Igboland as Dr MI Okpara did in the Old Eastern Region. The region became the fastest growing economy in the developing world of the 60’s”.
The Chairman Central Planning Committee of ITT Roundtable on ‘Transforming Igboland into the Japan of Africa’ (TIIJA) in ten years time, Prince (Dr.) Chinedu Nsofor, in his address said that Ndigbo has failed to cause development to happen in Igbo land as they have done in other climes.
“Development should start inwardly before outwardly; that is Japan for you. That is China for you. This anomaly is bringing untold tribulations, pains and sufferings among Ndigbo. Wars and agitations may not be able to resolve the errors”, he stated.