Socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, said yesterday that it was not surprised at the way the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari have gone so far as it had shown the president’s deep rooted hatred for the Igbo nation.
In an interview at the state–owned Anambra Broadcasting Service Television in Awka, Anambra State president of Ohaneze, Dr. Chris Eluemuno said the situation would not have changed even if the entire Igbo voted for him.
“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,” Eluemuno said.
He further argued that Buhari had no reason to discriminate against the Igbo because the Igbonation played prominent roles in the development of Nigeria and should therefore not be discriminated against in the scheme of things.
He pointed out that apart from the Secretary to the Government of Federation, the remaining appointments are ministers and board members, which constitutionally must go to all the 36 states of the federation. Therefore, appointing an Igbo minister would not be a favour.
He called on the Igbos to brace up to the challenge posed to them by the APC-led federal government.
However, he advised President Buhari not to jettison the report of the Constitutional Conference convoked by former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, the Constitutional Conference report is key to fighting corruption in Nigeria as it contained recommendations that could help him succeed in his fight against corruption in the country.