He noted that until there is ethnic dilution, the nation could not move forward.
Jonathan, was received by service chiefs of the Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police, as well as the National Civil Defence Corps, on his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos aboard a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), aircraft marked 5N-FGN 001 at about 11.25 am.
The president arrived Lagos, just as former President, Olusegun Obasanjo declined comments on an admonition to him by Anglican clergy and other political leaders at the welcome reception of former vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, Chief Olabode George, who was released from prison.
Obasanjo who apparently was not in a happy mood pleaded with reporters to be left alone when they surged forward to field questions from him.
The Anglican cleric at the church service for Bode George urged Obasanjo to allow God make him a leader that will promote Nigeria’s unity and reconciliation among all politicians.
Jonathan spoke at a civic reception hosted by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in conjunction with the Aka Ikenga, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation, with the theme, “Celebration of Igbo unity, Culture and Transformation.’’ Jonathan charged all ethnic societies in Nigeria to unite in moving the country forward.
He said that the occasion is very unique and should be titled, “Nigeria, being an ethnic society without border.’’
The President said that there is Igbo presence in every part of the country and that the Igbos represent the heart of commerce and industry in Nigeria.
“The population of the Igbos is directly proportional to economic growth. The contribution of the Igbos in the nation’s culture, foreign affairs and Nollywood among others cannot be quantified,’’ he said, pledging to
provide power for the development of the economy.
President Jonathan also pledged to protect the interest of the Igbo and guarantee their prosperity.
He urged Igbos in the Diaspora to return home and bring in their wealth of experience to help develop the nation’s economy.
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Jonathan Lauds Igbos For Fostering Unity In Nigeria