The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) called on Igbo indigenes across Nigeria and around the world to channel their investments into the five states of the South-East geopolitical zone, aiming to foster economic growth within the region. In a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA supported the recent appeal made by Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, urging Lagos-based indigenes to consider investing in their home state for their own benefit.
HURIWA emphasized the significance of Ndi Igbo, both in the diaspora and within different states of Nigeria, making concerted efforts to contribute to the development of the South-East. The group called upon the remaining four governors of the region to follow Soludo’s lead and engage with their constituents in other states, reminding them not to neglect their homeland and emphasizing the importance of economic growth across all five states.
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, speaking on behalf of HURIWA, stated, “Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s call is commendable. It is crucial for the South-East governors to jointly visit Lagos and enlighten the Igbo community about the necessity of reinvesting at least 45% of their profitable businesses, which create jobs and wealth, in the South-East to bolster the region’s economy.”
He further added, “They also need to collaborate in addressing the security challenges in order to support industrialization and encourage the repatriation of Igbo businesses globally back to their homeland. This is a pivotal step towards the economic and political liberation of the Igbo people and a significant project that must be pursued to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s overall industrialization agenda for Nigeria.”
HURIWA’s call highlights the importance of fostering economic development and unity among Igbo indigenes, encouraging them to play an active role in shaping the future of the South-East region. By investing in their home states, the group aims to strengthen the local economy and contribute to the overall growth and prosperity of the Igbo community