Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has reacted to the appointment of ministers in Nigeria by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.
Ohanaeze bemoaned the allocation of only five ministers to the South East with some other zones having nine (9) and even ten (10) ministers.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Chief Dr.Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR, OFR, CFR in a statement he personally signed on behalf of the organisation said the allocation is unfair and unjust, noting that the group believes in one united Nigeria and that can only be achieved in an atmosphere of fairness, justice and equity.
Part of the statement read:
“We therefore demand justice, fairness and equity for every ethnic group in Nigeria including the Igbo.
‘Recall that the states and geopolitical zones were created by the military administrations. All honest Nigerians know that the Igbo did not play much part during this exercise. As a result, the South East was shortchanged with five (5) states while other zones have minimum of six (6) states. This situation has placed the South East in a very difficult position, politically, economically, and socially.
“Our political power has been reduced as we have a few senators and also in the House of Representatives; governors, house of assembly and local governments. In federal revenue allocation, the South East is denied the revenue that comes on the basis of states. In federal board appointments and other resource distributions, we are strategically shortchanged.
“We wish to observe that this situation was not caused by the current administration but we however appeal to His Excellency, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR to help us remedy the situation and restore justice, equity and fairness in Nigeria.
“We pray the Almighty to bless and prosper our country, Nigeria and give our leaders the wisdom and knowledge to steer the ship of Nigerian nation to peace, happiness and prosperity for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, creed and political persuasion.