VON Director-General urges Igbos to work with President Buhari

Cyril Okonkwo, Enugu

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has urged the people of the south east to join hands with President Buhari in his fight against corruption.

He said the greatest problem facing Nigeria was greed, which in turn, breeds corruption.

“We should join hands with President Buhari in fighting greed, endemic corruption because corruption breeds insecurity. The insecurity you find in Nigeria today, including kidnapping and boko haram, has its foundation in corruption. If we fight corruption, we would have a prosperous country, ” he said at a reception in his honour in Enugu State.

The VON Director General added that Nigeria had enormous human and material resources that could be sufficient for all, if not for the “greed of one percent of the population which has left 80% of the population poor.”

He disagreed with the belief that religion and ethnicity are the major problems affecting Nigeria’s development.

He gave the example of his town, Eke, which has a common ancestry; speaks only the Wawa dialect of the Igbo language and has a 99% Catholic population, but still has divisions.

He called on those agitating for a separate republic to drop the idea and join President Buhari in making Nigeria better.

In his address of welcome, the President, Eke Progressives Forum, Professor Bartho Okolo, expressed confidence that the appointees would discharge their duties effectively.

The VON Director-General and Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Geoffrey Onyeama, were honoured at a reception held at the Central School, Eke in Udi local government area of Enugu State.

Speaking at the reception, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding Onyeama and Okechukwu worthy of their appointments.

He urged the two appointees to be committed to their assignments and be good ambassadors of the state.