National Secretary of the Igbo Political Forum, IPF, Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in spreading key appointments in his government.
Iwuanyanwu said the appointments by Buhari so far has not favoured the South-east zone adding that the exclusion of Igbos would amount to a violation of the spirit and letters of the Nigerian constitution and the principle of federal character.
According to him, the skewed appointments would also complicate the mutual ethic suspicion among the federating ethnic nationalities in the country.
He said, “Ndigbo have no regrets and no apologies whatsoever for the choice we made col¬lectively or individually during the 2015 elections in exercise of our fundamental rights as citizens of this country”.
He further stated that any attempt to “punish” the Igbos or deny them their rights and privileges under the Nigerian constitution would be contested.
He advised Buhari to learn from former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who did not sideline the South-West zone in his administration despite the fact that people from the zone didn’t vote for him in the 1999 presidential elections.
“In 1999, when majority of Nigerians voted for PDP, the South-West voted for Alliance for Democracy. This is in spite of the fact that their own son, Chief Oluse¬gun Obasanjo was the candidate of choice”.
“In the same election the North voted predominantly for ANPP. “Obansanjo’s administration did not discriminate or punish the South-West or the core North, rather he brought them into the mainstream,” he said.
He opined that there would be no justification whatsoever for Buhari to run a government that excludes the Igbos or any other ethnic group in Nigeria.
“It is also scandalous that of all the service chiefs and security chiefs recently appointed by Mr. President none of them is from the South-East zone,” he concluded.