By Daniel Dafe
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has said that the body is disturbed over the current appointment of ministers in Nigeria by His Excellency Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday signed by Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the group’s President General.
According to the statement, “in the appointment, the South East has only five ministers while some other zones have nine (9) and even ten (10) ministers.”
Adding: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo feels that it is unfair and unjust. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes in one united Nigeria and this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of fairness, justice and equity. We therefore demand justice, fairness and equity for every ethnic group in Nigeria including the Igbo.”
The statement noted that the states and geopolitical zones were created by the military administrations, saying that “all honest Nigerians know that the Igbo did not play much part during this exercise,” just as the body said that “as a result, the South East was shortchanged with five (5) states while other zones have minimum of six (6) states.”
The statement said further: “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.”