Professor Sebastian Urenmadu of the Department of Banking and Finance, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, says the different nationalities in Nigeria stand a better chance of prospering if they can eschew hatred and division.
Expressing his mind to newsmen in Umuahia recently, Prof. Uremadu urged the Federal Government to urgently convene a national youth council meeting as one of the ways of ending such national issues as the frequent clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country.
While also calling for increased revenue allocation to oil producing states to end their agitation for resource control, Prof. Uremadu faulted the current configuration of geographical zones in the country, declaring that “there should be nothing like South-South, instead they should be the South East while the core Igbo States should be known as East Central state.
On the Quit notice slammed on Igbos living in the North by a coalition of Arewa youth groups, Prof. Uremadu pointed out that he, together with Alhaji Tanko Yakassai and Gen. IBM Haruna had on July 4, 2017, intervened on the issue, which according to him, made the Sani Yerima-led group to retract their earlier quit notice order.
He challenged South East Governors to work for the development of the region to make it compete with states in other zones of the country, while also canvassing for massive industrialisation of Igbo land to mop up unemployed youths from the streets.
You see, most of the youths who follow Kanu today do so because they have no job, some are traders, some drivers and some because of economic problems while some of them do that because they are not properly educated, if there are jobs for them, they will not be wasting their time on the streets”, he opined.
He equally called for the creation of one more state for the Igbo to make it be on the same number with those of other zones.
The Finance and Management expert expressed happiness over President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery from sickness but urged him to convey the national youth council meeting to allow the interact on their differences when he returns.
On the chances of Igbo man becoming the President of the country, he reiterated his earlier call on Igbo leaders to involve diplomacy and modesty to enjoy the political goodwill of other nationalities, citing the recent selection of Chief Orji Uzor Kalu as the Chairman and Guest Speaker for a public lecture in Kogi State as a typical example.