Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, has expressed dissatisfaction over what it called ‘the victimization of Igbo entrepreneurs in the country.’
Ohanaeze further appealed to the Federal Government to stop policies; targeted at frustrating industrialists from the region.
This was contained in a statement issued by the President of the group, Damian Okeke-Ogene; during a get-together party organized by the organization’s leadership at his Etti-Nanka country home.
He specifically mentioned Air Peace boss, Barr. Allen Onyema, Chief Chukwumma Innocent, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah, Clement Ibeto and host of others; describing government action as a way of de-industrialising eastern Nigeria.
The statesman wondered why the harassment of these businessmen has continued unabated; despite their immense contribution to the increase in the Gross Domestic Product of the country.
He said, “These are patriotic and selfless industrialists who have projected the image of Nigeria on the global industrial map; and are providing mass employment for Nigerian youths.
“What Chief Chukwumma Innocent and Barr. Allen Onyema, particularly, has accomplished so far, no indigenous industrialist in Nigeria has been able to do for the development of the country.
“If Innoson Motors were owned by other regional businessmen, no frustration, harassment and intimidation would have come up.”
Okeke-Ogene blamed the ongoing persecution of their sons in different quarters on what he described as politics of appeasement and sabotage by those who did not want Igbo voice to be heard in the affairs of Nigeria.
“We call on those involved directly or indirectly in the orchestrated campaign to frustrate our industrious sons to desist from their evil act before it is too late,” he stressed.