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The Igbo society acknowledges and respects individual achievement in all realms of human endeavor. Most people, who may not have been able to excel in academics, professional careers and politics, could still make their marks through the acquisition of material wealth. The devastation of the Civil War and subsequent constriction of many official avenues for advancement of the Igbos who were perceived to have been defeated, compelled a generation of their youths to pursue self-redemption through the acquisition of material wealth. The oil boom of the 70s provided the impetus for hordes of them to migrate into the major cities where they partook in the brisk retail commercial activities that were made possible by Nigeria’s increased petroleum revenue.

A cadre of Igbo entrepreneurs have emerged since then and are now playing commanding roles throughout the country in the distribution and retail of automobile spare parts and accessories, building materials, electronic goods and pharmaceuticals amongst others. Land transportation nationwide is mostly provided by the Ekene Dili Chukwus, Izu Chukwus, Osundus, the Young Shall Grows and others whose bus networks are owned and operated by Igbo entrepreneurs. With the expectant expansion in the economy, as a result of privatization and liberalization, the dominant status of the Igbos in these crucial aspects of the nation’s economy will become even more palpable in the coming decades
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The strategic political interests of Ndigbo should be reflected at the local, regional and national levels. It will be a daunting task to optimize Igbo strategic political interests in the Nigerian Federation if a regional operational agenda is not first evolved between the core Igbo states and the neighboring states of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta. For Ndigbo to maximize their economic potential, they need a direct unimpeded access to the Atlantic shores. The present situation where we prefer to do most of our maritime trade through Lagos port instead of Port Harcourt and Calabar ports no longer makes economic or political sense.

Igbo political thinkers and leaders must find a way to approach our neighbors to the south, as equal partners, to map out a program for political cooperation and regional economic development. The Igbos should strongly identify with the ongoing national effort to work out an acceptable method for ensuring economic justice for the inhabitants of the Niger Delta and elsewhere whose ancestral land is producing the wealth of Nigeria. It is to the best interest of Igbos to fight for the right of states to be the main beneficiaries of resources that originate form their domain instead of the present set up that allows for absolute control by the Federal Government.

The strategic interests of Igbos, when properly articulated and understood, should provide guidance to those who may wish to aspire to lead or represent Ndigbo, particularly within the context of the Nigerian nation. The Igbo heartland is currently ravaged by gully erosion and deforestation. It is a strategic interest of the Igbos to lead in the establishment of sound environmental management policies to check the present crisis in our home base, oil-producing areas of the Niger Delta and in arresting the steady southward advance of the Sahara Desert.
Strategic interests of Ndiigbo, when judged with an unbiased mind, are compatible with the hopes and aspirations of a huge segment of the Nigerian population, irrespective of diversity in ethnocultural backgrounds. I make bold to assert that Igbo strategic interests, if pursued and accomplished, will go a long way in making Nigeria a better place for all its citizens. ... - More
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