The problem of Igbo people is individualism – Obasanjo

Former President Obasanjo has urged people of the South East zone to shy away from the spirit of individualism.

He asked the zone to unite so as to achieve their political aspirations that had eluded them for a long while.

OBJ spoke at the South East Security and Economic Summit in Enugu.

He said the zone would not achieve much with continued individualism and lack of cohesion amongst them.

He said the people of the area seemed to have forgotten their spirit of enterprise and communal efforts.

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“The South East is known for their spirit of enterprise and adventure.

“You have to utilize it for improved development and security.

“You must work together and not be divided.

“You must shy away from the spirit of individualism and must earn solidarity with your neighbors,” he said.

Obasanjo urged the state governments to leverage on the abundant natural resources in the zone to improve the lives of their people.

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“I don’t think I should be eulogized for facilitating this summit in the South East.

“I did the same thing when I visited Maiduguri because of the problem of Boko Haram,” Obasanjo said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the summit, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, had said that the event was non-partisan.

According to Anyaoku, “Every other zone in the country is experiencing economic malaise.

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“However, that of the South East is more grievous.

“There is a sense of neglect and non-inclusion in this zone by the Federal Government.

“That is why coordination among the state governments is very necessary,” he said.

“The summit is also working for the advancement of the entire country.

“If the Nigerian federation is restructured with fewer units this country will achieve greater stability,” Anyaoku said.

The event was attended by governors of Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi and the deputy governor of Anambra state.