Ethnicity, Bane Of National Development — Ibuzo

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Environment and lawmaker representing Onitsha-North 2 state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Obiefuna Ibuzo, has identified ethnicity and tribalistic sentiments as bane of Nigeria’s development.

Ibuzo frowned upon the idea of considering the tribe or ethnic group one belongs to in securing job appointments and the like rather than being cognisant of the fact that the individual is a Nigerian citizen.

The lawmaker who recounted his experience in Kigali the Rwandan capital while speaking during an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Awka at the weekend, noted that in other countries, no one talks about tribe or nepotistic tendencies but considers the country at large.

He said countries like Rwanda which recently recovered from her genocidal war, has transcended beyond tribalistic considerations in their public service and national life.

According to him, many years after independence from colonial rule, Nigeria still grapples with stagnation and under-development due to ethnocentric approach to issues of nation building and national development.

Ibuzo therefore suggested that it was time the Nigerian governnent began to look beyond tribal as well as regional considerations and apply the concept of federal character as the constitution provides and eschew other parochial interests that could be detrimental to the running of national affairs.

Also, the House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Environment, noted further that the committee in its oversight functions, would ensure that the environment was not abused through blockage of drainages, indiscriminate building of structures on waterways as well as general inhumane attitudes to the ecosystem.

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