Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organization, has said President Bola Tinubu’s nomination of only five ministers from the South-East region is ‘’unfair” and ‘’unjust”.
President Tinubu sent 48 names to the Senate for confirmation and has so far confirmed 45 of them. Of the 48 names sent for confirmation, only five of them were from the South East. The five nominees from the South-East include Nkiru Onyejiocha (Abia), Uju Ohaneye (Anambra), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Uche Nnaji (Enugu) and Doris Uzoka (Imo).
In a statement signed by its President General, Ohanaeze demanded that more Igbos should be nominated in the spirit of justice, fairness, and equity.
“The 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 a 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 the Nigerian nation to peace, happiness and prosperity for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, creed and political persuasion.” the statement read.