The newly-elected President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has decried what he said is the present administration’s treatment of the eastern part of the country as second class citizens in Nigeria.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has been truthful to his public declaration that his appointments must favour the states that voted overwhelmingly for him by ensuring that no arm of government, executive, judiciary or legislature is headed by an Igbo.
Nwodo also lamented that the president has ensured that ministries with lean capital votes are the ones assigned to Ndigbo.
Nwodo stated this on Thursday during the first meeting of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu State.
He said, “No arm of government namely, the Executive, Judiciary or Legislature is headed by an Igbo. No section of the Armed Forces or paramilitary organisation is headed by an Igbo, neither the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal nor is the Federal High Court headed by an Igbo.
“We know in the history of this country when a Lieutenant Colonel was appointed to the position of Chief of General Staff over and above his superiors just to ensure ethnic balance. We know when a Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation was appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria was to ensure ethnic balance. We know when a former Military Head of State was drafted to run for president was to douse ethnic tensions.
“What is very perturbing is the public declaration of Mr President that his appointments must favour the states that voted overwhelmingly for him and those he trusts even against the provisions of our constitution relating to federal character. One is at sea why Ndigbo who campaigned and voted for him appear not to be trusted.
“No wonder, the ministers with lean capital votes are the ones assigned to Ndigbo. No wonder, he nominated ambassadors for confirmation to the National Assembly naming three ambassadors for some states and only one ambassador for each of the Igbo states. It’s no wonder, one year and eight months into his tenure as president; he has not visited any Igbo state.”