By CHARLES KUMOLU
ABUJA—MINISTER of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Usman has called on the indigenes of the South East geo-political zone, to ensure that their support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral success in 2011, is replicated in 2015, saying that Igbo were key to the President’s re-election.
He said this in a speech titled: Transforming Nigeria: Building a Safe Peaceful, Strong and Prosperous Nation at an award dinner convened by an Igbo group, Ndigboamaka in Lagos.
His words: ‘’The association comprising millions of Igbo professionals, traders and businessmen in Lagos mobilised millions of Ndigbo in Lagos, Southwest and Southeast to vote.
”They also offered other various supports to Mr. President’s campaign in 2011. We remain grateful for these contributions and hope you will repeat the same and even do more when the time comes.
‘’I will not fail to mention that recently, the FCT Administration signed an MoU with Messrs. Chikason Nig Ltd, a Nigerian business firm of South East extraction for the development of multibillion naira Abuja Downtown Mall.
“Abuja, therefore, is open for business and development to Igbos who are known for their enterprise both in Nigeria and the world over. You call it the Igbo spirit, but I call it the Nigerian Spirit and this why I call on you to bring more of your businesses to Abuja.”
Earlier President of the group, Mr Leonard Ogbonna said the association is an umbrella body of all the 58 major market associations and Igbo professionals in Lagos.
He further noted that the association has a membership strength of over 4.5 million people, who are spread all over the state.