Politicians have destroyed fabrics of Igbo core values – Nebo

Former Minister of Power and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has blamed politicians in Igboland for the destruction of Igbo culture which he described as the “fabric of Igbo core values.”

Nebo made the assertion in Enugu at the 21st annual international conference organised by Igbo Studies Association (ISA).

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Igbo Values and Leadership in Perspective.” 

He said before now, Igbos held their culture dear before the political class came and eroded it and thus the fabric of Igbo core values were bastardised and upholding good names as one of the core values no longer mattered.

Nebo regretted that riches were being elevated instead of upholding the core values Ndigbo were known for.

“Igbos could stake their lives on it before the political class came and obliterated our core values. It is this principle that made the metronomic rise of Ndigbo to a position of prominence wherever they were before politicians destroyed the fabric of our cosmology, leaving our people to appear rudderless.

“This is also a national tragedy as justice is now for sale at all levels of our legal system as people have forgotten that good name is better than riches,” he lamented.

He called on Igbo sons and daughters to continue to imbibe, promote and project the Igbo values of resilience, unity, honesty and transparency in whatever position of leadership, career, business and environment they found themselves.

The President of ISA, Dr. Chidi Igwe, who joined virtually from Canada, reflected on the theme of the Conference, encouraging the participants to see the forum as an opportunity to explore and promote the unique cultural heritage of the Igbo people.