A former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The statesman said the appointment still didn’t appease the Igbos compared to the number of appointments already made.
Kachikwu is from the Igbo-speaking part of Delta State.
Ezeife told Sunday Punch that: “It is not atonement for the many neglects and insults that have happened with the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and other agencies.
“How would a President appoint people into key positions in Nigeria, yet none of them is Igbo? What kind of thing is that?
“On merit, we have the best people in Nigeria and that is not boasting. On motivation, it is the same thing. If Buhari wants to ignore federal character, we are not begging him for any appointment.
“And it is good for us to know where we belong and make appropriate adjustments. It is not a matter of whether Nigeria appreciates us or not. If they think we have done enough and we should go, there is more where what we brought to Nigeria came from.
“It came from God and we are not going to throw it away. If we go away, we leave with it. We like Nigeria, but one cannot insult and treat a group as if they don’t exist.”
Commenting on emergence of principal officers in the House of Representatives without a South-East representation, Ezeife said “only a very insignificant minority of the Igbo people are saying that they have packed all their eggs in one basket; voting or not voting for any person has not been of consequence to our people.
“They went for elections and voted as they should and they are proud of it; they can repeat same tomorrow,” he added.