The former military leader, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), urged the Igbos on Saturday to ensure that the Nigerians continue to feel their positive impact.
He said that this is due to his tenacity in commercial companies that extends throughout the country and beyond.
Babangida made the comment to Minna, when the Assembly of Igbo delegates (IDA), of the 19 northern and Abuja states, visited him for his 78th birthday.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the delegation was led by the Chairman of the IDA, Chief Chikezie Okezie and Eze Igbo of Minna, Eze Pampas Wahiwe.
“You should continue to allow your positive impacts to be felt among host ethnic nationalities in the country, as you explore business opportunities available.
“Nigerians, Igbos inclusive, should ensure they uphold the ideals of Nigeria’s founding fathers.
“An indivisible Nigeria is very necessary and we must do everything possible to remain as one family, though we differ in tribe and tongue,” he said.
He appreciated the Igbos for being very enterprising and determined to succeed by penetrating the nooks and crannies of the country for business exploits.
“You should use the same spirit of enterprise to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, in all that you are doing.
“You have done well to keep Nigeria together. The Igbos are known to have the potential of traveling far and wide, exploring new frontiers and business opportunities,” he said.