The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that the Igbo people built Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The governor made the claims during a birthday ceremony held in honour of elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in Owerri, the Imo State capital on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Governor Uzodinma further claimed that some people are trying hard to rewrite history.
He said: “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 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, 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.