Abia State governor Okezie Ikpeazu visited former Nigerian military leader and democratic president, Olusegun Obasanjo, at his Hilltop Mansion home in Ogun State on Monday.
Ikpeazu who describes himself as the “Chief Marketing Officer” of made-in-Aba goods presented Obasanjo a pair of Aba-made shoes to the delight of the former president.
In reaction, Obasanjo said;
“Governor, I can’t thank you enough, and through you, I cannot thank my brothers and my sisters who have decided to adorn me with these wonderful, classy and classic shoes made in our land by our own people.For me, this is very significant in many ways. In fact, let me deliver to you a message from The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which they ask me to deliver to you.
‘Afreximbank is spearheading made in Africa, and they came during their annual meeting. The message they left for me to you is that they have heard so much about Aba, and they want me to get in touch with you so they can come back and pay a special visit to Aba, because they want to establish an industrial park in Aba to encourage production and exportation of goods made in Africa.
‘And if the shoes you gave me here, which I am wearing one of them, feeling very comfortable on my feet, if they are good for me, I believe they should be good for Africa, and for anybody in Nigeria and indeed for anybody in the world.When we use what we make by ourselves for ourselves, others will simply join us in using them because we are proud of them.
“These shoes are so comfortable and they are so good. Anybody watching me, no matter how high or low, who wants to help Nigeria get out of recession quickly should call the makers of these shoes in Aba to make for them.”