Kachikwu’s Appointment Not Enough To Correct Buhari’s Lopsided Appointments – Ezeife

EzeifeA former Governor of Anambra State in the defunct Third Republic, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was not enough to assuage the South-East.
The new NNPC boss is from the Igbo-speaking part of Delta State.
Reacting to reports that Buhari’s appointment of Kachikwu has corrected the alleged marginalization of the Igbos under the present administration, Ezeife insisted that the appointment did not undo the alleged lopsidedness of the president’s appointments so far.
“It is not atonement for the many neglects and insults that have happened with the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and other agencies. How would a President appoint people into key positions in Nigeria, yet none of them is Igbo? What kind of thing is that?
“On merit, we have the best people in Nigeria and that is not boasting. On motivation, it is the same thing. If Buhari wants to ignore federal character, we are not begging him for any appointment.
“And it is good for us to know where we belong and make appropriate adjustments. It is not a matter of whether Nigeria appreciates us or not. If they think we have done enough and we should go, there is more where what we brought to Nigeria came from. It came from God and we are not going to throw it away. If we go away, we leave with it. We like Nigeria, but one cannot insult and treat a group as if they don’t exist”, the ex-governor said in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH.
Ezeife described as unfortunate, the ethnic segregation in the country, pointing out that if a person from one region disagrees with another, there should be a less vindictive way of expressing it.
He also lamented the development in the House of Representatives, where every region except the South-East got a principal position.
“I have found that only a very insignificant minority of the Igbo people are saying that they have packed all their eggs in one basket; voting or no voting for any person has not been of consequence to our people. They went for elections and voted as they should and they are proud of it; they can repeat same tomorrow”, he added.


  1. My dear Igbor elite leader pls leave Mr president to choose who ever he likes to move this country forward.we Nigerians are tired of your elitist complain haba,must the president appoint your type as we’ve seen during last dispensation where your type surrounded Jonah & destroyed his govt by looting the nation dry. Pls let us be jo.

  2. Nigerians are no longer interested in federal character that does not really produce the best but satisfy certain region. Our concern should be getting the best people in respect of tribe, religion or region that will move this country forward. Federal character to me has done this county well. We can’t do the same thing and expect different result. Pls allow PMB to effect the desired change which we are already the impact. God Bless Naija.

  3. the Abokis will like PMB style because he is their like. but let them know that wat comes around goes around when it will be their turn let them not complain. As for we Igbo’s we are up to the task. no shaking we made it after the biafran war. we are not afraid of any aboki & his useless appointment.

  4. Nigerians listen and listen well, no one has the power to change a person, the power is in your hands. Thank God the igbos have known this truth long time ago and are working hard, unlike some who want 2 rely on government


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