The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for not appointing anyone from the South-East as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.
On Monday, Oct 30th, President Buhari appointed Boss Mustapha from Adamawa State in the North-East as the new SGF to replace Babachir Lawal, who was sacked for corruption allegations.
But the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo has frowned at Buhari’s choice of appointment for the new SGF. The group said the President has further given credence to the obvious marginalization of the Igbos in his administration.
In a statement on Wednesday, Nov. 1, the group condemned the refusal of the president to appoint an Igbo person to the position “even after the ruling party (APC) zoned the position to the region.”
“The President’s action has further denied the people of the region a strong place in the executive arm of the administration.
“It also shows the President’s insensitivity to the over-flogged issue of marginalisation of Ndigbo by his administration.
“We had thought that the recent meeting of South-east leaders with the President at the Aso Rock Villa opened an avenue for a new relationship with the zone which appointing an SGF from the area would have helped to cement especially as the ruling party originally zoned the position to the region,” the group said.
Nwodo lamented that the President who has had the enviable opportunity of working across the country in his military career and has been a huge player in the polity for almost two decades, cannot find somebody from the South East he can trust for the SGF position.
Ohanaeze further urged the President ”to open his mind and have a positive attitude about Ndigbo whose contributions to the socio-economic and political development of the country is not in doubt.”
Meanwhile, the newly-appointed SGF, Boss Mustapha, has described President Buhari, as a man with deep compassion for the suffering of Nigerian masses.
Speaking in Abuja, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, shortly after the baton of leadership of the SGF was handed over to him by the Acting SGF, Mrs Habiba Lawal at a brief ceremony in his office, Mustapha pledged that the current administration led by the APC would recover the lost ground and assuage the plight of the people.
He commended Lawal for her sterling performance during the period she acted as the SGF following the suspension of the former SGF, Babachir Lawal.
“We have the responsibility of ensuring that this government succeeds. If this government does not succeed, it means that we have not done our jobs well.
“We are supposed to coordinate the policies of this government, monitor the implementation of policies and ensure that the right thing is done,” Mustapha said.
He added that if one touches the heartbeat of President Buhari, “he has compassion for the suffering people of this nation”.