Awka – THE pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, said yesterday that it was not surprised at the way the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari were going, insisting that it had shown the president’s deep rooted hatred for the Igbo nation.
president of Ohaneze, Dr. Chris Eluemuno, in an interview at the state
–owned Anambra Broadcasting Service Television in Awka, said the
situation would still have been the same even if the entire Igbo voted
He said: “I said it during the
campaigns that General Buhari does not like Igbo people and it is
happening now with all the appointments he has so far made since he came
into office on May 29, 2015
“He appointed five service chiefs and there is no Igbo man, even though Igbo have qualified people to occupy the positions.
“His party has completed the selection of principal officers in the
national assembly and despite the fact that the speaker, Mr. Yakubu
Dogara made case to apply the federal character in allocating the
offices, the president jettisoned it through his intervention and left
Igbo APC lawmakers out.
“He also exhibited his vindictiveness during
his recent visit to the United States of America, USA, when he
travelled with only governors from his party, leaving out governors from
the opposition parties.
“He was also quoted as saying that he would
favour those who voted for him and our position is that there is no way
the president should expect all Nigerians to vote for him in the last
presidential election.That statement contradicted Buhari’s earlier stand
that he belonged to everybody and belonged to nobody.”
who is also the chairman of chairmen of Ohaneze in the seven Igbo
speaking states, argued that Buhari had no reason to discriminate
against the Igbo because Igbonation played prominent roles in the
development of Nigeria and should therefore not be discriminated against
in the scheme of things.
According to him, apart from the Secretary
to the Government of Federation, SGF, the remaining appointments are
ministers and board members, which constitutionally must go to all the
36 states of the federation, adding that appointing an Igbo minister
would not therefore be a favour to them.
On the president’s threat
to probe only the Jonathan administration, Eluemuno said it would amount
to witch hunt if he limited it to the immediate past administration,
advising that the probe should start from the PDP civilian
administration that began 16 years ago with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who
governed for eight years.
He also advised the President not to
jettison the report of the Constitutional Conference convoked by former
President Goodluck Jonathan, arguing that the Constitutional Conference
report was key to fighting corruption in Nigeria as it contained
recommendations that could help him succeed in his fight against
corruption in the country.
Eluemunor said the president might also
be expecting too much if he thought that he would find angels to make
ministers, stressing that as long as those he described as the corrupt
civil servants were there, the ministers, no matter their background and
integrity would still be corrupt.
“He should know that those who
corrupt the ministers are the top civil servants. They are the ones that
show the ministers the way once they are sworn in. If he wants to fight
corruption in the service, he should start by cleaning up the civil
service,” he added.
He called on the Igbos to brace up to the challenge posed to them by the APC- led federal government.