A national leader of All Progressives Congress, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the support of all Nigerians, especially Ndigbo, in other to succeed.
Onu, who was the national chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and former governor of the old Abia State, said this when a five-man interim planning committee of the World Igbo Conference paid a courtesy call on him in his residence in Abuja.
The APC chieftain stressed that Ndigbo owed it a duty to fully support Buhari because they stand to benefit more from the new Nigeria which the Buhari administration is building.
He noted that because the Igbos lived everywhere within the country, the benefits accruable to them individually and collectively in a Nigeria which works, is incalculable.
Onu expressed confidence that the Buhari-led APC administration would work for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, political or religious inclination.
While calling on the Igbo race to embrace the APC and support Buhari, the ex-governor recalled that the Igbos in the 19 northern states demonstrated their commitment towards building this new thinking by voting massively for the president and the APC during the last general elections.
Onu said, “Ohaneze must be commended for what it’s doing as regards the welfare of Igbos throughout the country and beyond. We have Igbos everywhere; there is no town in Nigeria where there are no Igbos. In Nigeria and across the world, there is no place where we don’t have Igbo resident.
“We, as Igbos, are the only major ethnic group that is not indigenous to any other country in the world. So, you look at ethnic groups that are indigenous in Nigeria, what that means is that outside Nigeria, there is no other country for the Igbos. For other major ethnic groups, this is not the case”.
Earlier, leader of the delegation and chairman of the committee, Chief Ben Aranusi, said for a long time the Ndigbo seemed not to know their place in Nigeria hence the need to sit down and talk.