OLIVER OKEKE: Unity in diversity as a catalyst to the rise of Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme and a salient factor in Igbo Presidency
Ndigbo are great entrepreneurs. Internationally, their commercial and trading strategy and instinct are second to none.
The net worth of Igbo apprenticeship scheme is estimated to worth billions of Naira in the area of trade and commerce.
The quantum leap of the apprenticeship scheme was made possible by the export of the scheme to other parts of the world and especially in Nigeria to other regions.
Such a leap would not have been possible if Ndigbo had remained in their enclave and had not migrated and mixed freely with other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria.
This is where the Unity in diversity mantra played a significant role in the life of average Igbo business person. Although the scheme was exported outside the shores of Nigeria by Ndigbo, its impact in Nigeria can’t be over emphasized.
The social and economic impact and the effectiveness of unity in diversity mantra lead to the peaceful export of the apprenticeship scheme to other parts of the country and would have led to the consolidation of the quest for Igbo presidency if not for the spanner thrown into it by separatist movements and some folks who were brainwashed to accept that Ndigbo will achieve a better standard of living if they exit from Nigeria.
The apprenticeship scheme and the unity in diversity mantra are good combination that would have jointly and severally facilitate the realization of the Igbos dream to becoming the President of Nigeria. Coupled with preaching and showcasing our ability to do greater things if given the opportunity, as exemplified by our strategic initiative of the apprenticeship scheme, since we are evenly spread across the country and living in peace with other tribes, our demand would have been given overwhelming support by every ethnic group.
The quest for Igbo presidency would have been a forgone conclusion if Ndigbo maintained their peaceful posture with other ethnic groups and continue to be the whiz kids in trading and other profit oriented commercial cum economic venture.