Alleged Marginalization: What Else Does S/East Want After CBN, Petroleum, Labour Ministries’ Top Jobs? – Buhari

PMBPresident Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, dismissed claims that his administration marginalized the South East geo-political zone in political appointments.

The president, who was personally reacting to alleged marginalization of the South-East for the first time, stated that Igbo occupied strategic positions in his cabinet including heading the Ministries of Petroleum, Labour, Science and Technology as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The agitators for Biafra had hinged their massive street protests for secession on the alleged marginalization of the South-East in political appointments by the Buhari administration as well as the neglect of the zone by successive governments.

Speaking during his maiden presidential media chat at the presidential villa in Abuja last night, Buhari said: “They say they are marginalised but they have not defined the extent of marginalisation. Who is marginalising them? Where? Do you know?”

The president explained that “Choosing a minister is not a matter of ethnicity, it is a matter of the constitution. I am limited by what the constitution says that there must be a member of the executive council from each state. There is a lot of partisan politics in it”.

Apparently frustrated by the marginalization claims, President Buhari asked, “Who is the Minister of State for Petroleum? Is he not an Igbo? Who is the governor of the CBN? Is he not an Igbo? Who is the Minister of Labour? Who is the Minister of Science and Technology? What do they want?”

“I stood elections and I won, I am limited by the constitution, I have a member of every state in the Federal Executive Council and I have to listen to them when I sit as chairman. That is the limit the constitution gave me”, he added.

2 Comments

  • In my own opinion, Ibos have gotten a fair share in terms of appointments in this present administration. But i have to make it clear that appointing Ibos in government will not be enough to bring the Eastern states to parity with other zones in term of development. Eastern states have the worst federal roads in the country. What of employment at the federal jobs ? Can Mr president hit his hand on his chest and say that Ibos are fairly employed in that area ? Although this present administration is barely a year in office but it has to have it at the back of its mind that Easterners need good roads and employment opportunities which will have direct positive impact in the majority of the Easterners rather than appointments which will favour the elites. Let us support thus administration to succeed but we have to critisize constructively to make the government to be alive to its responsibilities.

  • Mr President do u think we IGBO are blind? Or u just the ask IGBO people question to get our mind that is lie!! Is Igbo man number 2,3,4…..9 if we are to count from top to down or security level which one are you deceiving people on public, live our brother u didn’t agree where to start where to stop it.

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