Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma on Saturday reminded Nigerians the contributions of the Igbos in the National development.
He also particularly declared that the Igbo people built Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Uzodimma made the statement of history during a birthday ceremony in honour of an Imo State-born elder statesman, Chief (Engr) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in Owerri, the Imo State capital on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Governor Uzodinma further stated that some people are trying hard to rewrite history.
According to him, “Igbo people built Port Harcourt. Even if it pleases some people now to try to rewrite history.
“The Igbos built Port Harcourt.” The governor further noted that Igbo people love Nigeria dearly, as demonstrated by the fact that they are found in every part of the country.
“Prominent Igbos like the late Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu, even General Ike Nwachukwu and a lot of other great men and women were born in the North by their parents who settled there as their home.
“Indeed, throughout the 774 local government areas of Nigeria, from Zungeru in the North to Owo in the West and from Akwanga to Ahoada, Igbos are found there in their large numbers.
“In most cases, outside the Indigenous population, the largest ethnic groups outside Igbo land are the Igbos,” he added.