Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described Ndigbo as important in Nigeria because they build the bridge of friendship and unity as well as contribute to the economic and social development of any part of the country where they reside.
The governor was speaking during the Igbo Day of tribute and formal inauguration of the Movement for the Survival of the Igbo People (MOSIP) at Heroes’ Square, Owerri.
The occasion was organized in memory of Igbo victims of various crises and acts of violence in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
Gov. Okorocha that the Igbos have shed enough blood for the unity of the country and so there is no better Nigerians than the Igbo.
He endorsed MOSIP because, according to him, it talks about the welfare of Ndigbo, and charged the members to use it as a platform to preach against social vices in Igboland.
The governor urged them not to be used as instruments of destruction in the hands of politicians.
Earlier, the National Co-ordinator of MOSIP, Hon. Maxwell Nwokeji had said that the movement is non-political and was founded to defend Igbo interests as well as galvanizes efforts towards the development of Alaigbo (Igboland ) especially through self-help.
Speaking at the occasion, Barr. Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu, son of the late Biafran leader, said that Igbos must survive at all cost, noting that Imo is heart of Igboland and the backbone of the defunct Biafra.
He urged all to support Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Many traditional rulers in the diaspora were also in attendance.