The Igbo of the South East of Nigeria are a very prosperous people. Their entrepreneurial skills are unmatched, both within and outside of Nigeria. They have carved a niche for themselves not only in business but also in other fields of human endeavours. Their acumen, especially in business is only comparable to those of the Lebanese and the jews.
The question therefore, is, does a people with such immense capacity to practically turn failure and adversity into prosperity, need to breakaway from the rest of the country when they can create a more prosperous entity of their own. Is cession the solution? I don't think so.
Rather, I think that what is required of the Igbo people is to harness their God given talents and build their own empire and still be a part of the larger Nigeria.
Hong Kong is a part of China with a booming economy of its own, even though it was previously independent from China, but with the reintegration with the mainland, it still maintains a vibrant economy that is distinguishable from the rest of China.
The Igbo can make the entire South East a business hub that can be the envy of the rest of Nigeria. If they can do it in other states where the operate, they can also achieve that in their own homeland, but all they need to do is to channel that same energy and resources back to where they naturally belong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "if a man can write a better or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door", this can become true of Igbo people.
This very industrious people who have become the major source of goods and services in Nigeria can become even more dominant, and of course they have the capacity to do it, then they can become the Asian giant of Nigeria.
The fact is, they don't need to break away to achieve this.
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