Igbos under the aegis of Association of Ndieze Udo, ANU, in the 19 northern states and Abuja, have thrown a party to celebrate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the just concluded presidential election.
Speaking recently at an event organised to thank God for Buhari’s victory, president of the association, Dr. Uche Egenti described Gen. Buhari’s victory as the will of God, saying the “change” had become inevitable to address the socio-economic woes the nation is passing through at the moment.
According to him, “We are here as a people, celebrating the victory of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the just concluded presidential election. You will recall that in the cause of the election, we led our people as supporters of Gen. Buhari to campaign all over the northern states where Igbo man lives and Abuja.”
He, however, advised the president-elect to be a bridge builder and carry everybody along.
Egenti also urged the president-elect to instill the culture of discipline and excellence in the polity in order to reawaken the tradition of discipline in the civil service and the public sector of the economy.
He also wants those who would manage the economy under Buhari to realise that they would be working with a man with zero tolerance for any form of lackluster.
It would be recalled that in the warm up to the March 28 election, ANU paid a solidarity visit to Gen. Buhari to express its resolute support and confidence on his aspiration to become the next president of Nigeria, and also worked assiduously to ensure victory for the president-elect.
Declaring its expectation from the incoming administration, the Igbo group noted that Gen Buhari should address the lingering disparity in the area of state creation.
“The South-East is marginalised and being denied its long overdue additional state. As a result we are being denied three senatorial seats; we are being denied seven House of Rep zones; we are being denied local government areas and ministerial appointments as well as federal allocations. We would want the president-elect to balance this before additional states are added to others in the name of justice.
“We want the second Niger Bridge to be a reality, not elephant project and political slogan at the twilight of political campaign. We want it as it is in River Benue, but not to be a PPP project; meaning that it is our own money that will be used to build it. It should be federal government project. Let the same amount expended on the East-West Road in Bayelsa should also applicable to the South-east road. We would want him to address the imbalance in the political appointment against the Igbo,” Egenti added.

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