The former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has accepted that the Igbo nation had been marginalised in Nigeria’s polity.
Gowon spoke at a public event organised by Igbo Leadership Development Foundation on Thursday said that steps and measure should be put in place to enable equity in the polity of Nigeria so as not to segment some parts of Nigeria.
The former Head of state was represented by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
Dr Obadiah in his statement quoted the former president as saying “I believe that a lot of injustice has been done to the Igbos and a constitutional debate on restructuring must address all imbalances and restore hope and confidence.
“Nigeria is big enough for all of us and I believe that the Igbo, Middle Belt and the Yoruba are the true Nigerians because if you look round our borders, people came from abroad and are still coming but Ndigbo have always been there, Middle Belt people have always been there, even Yoruba have always been there.
“People who came in yesterday who have a duty of respect are now the ones talking. Going forward, we must create a federal democracy that will respond positively to all the aspirations of our people not about East-West but all about working together in equality, bringing in the youths and the women to build a new Nigeria.”
”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 bright future of Nigeria and Ndigbo and that together, we can make our country great,” he said.