President Buhari insists he’s fair to Ndigbo in appointments

President Buhari insists he’s fair to Ndigbo in appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that his government has
been fair to the South East geo-political zone in terms of appointments
which he said were evidenced in the allocation of four prominent
ministerial positions to the zone.

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The President also assured leaders from the zone that his
administration will benefit them more from roads and coastal rail
projects, which he said were of critical importance to the economy.
But the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, told the
President that the South East had remained marginalized by successive
administrations, which he stated was the reason behind the recent
agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
According to Nwodo, IPOB is a symptomatic consequence of the
continuous marginalization of the south east over a long period of time.
The President who met with the leaders of the South East led by the
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, which had in attendance the
President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nwodo, the governors and federal
lawmakers from the area in a closed-door at the Presidential Villa,
Abuja, told them that 2nd Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the
Coastal rail project, were receiving utmost attention from his
administration.
President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Femi Adesina, said counterpart funding from the Chinese
government would substantially fund these projects, which when completed
will improve the welfare, well-being and economy of the people in the
region.

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He said, “I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such
projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the projects to
take off. I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to assure
that we are doing our best for the country.
“If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be more
resources to put into projects that will create employment for
Nigerians.”
Responding to allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his
government, the President said: “I gave south-east four substantive
ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment,
Science and Technology and Labour.
“Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of the two
Ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any decision on foreign
policy and investments without their input.”
He said he would soon visit states in the zone, adding, “I want to
assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I
will also leave with a clear conscience.”
Earlier, the President of Ohaneze, while articulating the demands of
the zone to the President highlighted the issue of state creation,
restructuring, federal projects in the South East namely Enugu-Onitsha
road, Enugu-Port Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.
Nwodo also demanded urgent presidential interventions on the Enugu
Airport, reticulation of the gas-pipelines in the South East and the
standard gauge plan for railway construction.
Commending the President’s remarkable achievements on security and
the fight against corruption, Nwodo declared: “we are ready to work with
you. We are determined to work with you. We know you are a decisive
leader and we know God will continue to give you the wisdom to govern
Nigeria.”
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