The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, appealed to the Igbo nation to remain calm in the face of seeming lopsidedness of appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ohanaeze was reacting to the strident outcries that have attended the appointment of the president’s ‘kitchen cabinet’.
According to reports from the Vanguard, The President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Enwo Gary Igariwey, spoke at the Ohanaeze National Secretariat in Enugu during an appraisal meeting on the Igbo nation.
Chief Igariwey said, “we had a meeting of a select group with Ohanaeze NEC to discuss Igbo day celebration. It will be held on a low key. Branches are free to celebrate as they want. But Ohanaeze national will mark Igbo day on a low key.
“It will be a day of retreat, tact and unity. The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Akonauche na Njiko’ (tact and unity), he said.
On the issue of appointments, the President General said, “we ask our people not to be disappointed on the seeming lopsidedness of appointments made so far by the president.
“Our people should remain steadfast, think of home, and galvanise efforts towards the development of Igbo nation because nobody will do it for us. We have helped in building Lagos and Abuja among others. It is time to do the same in our own place.
“We should recreate that zeal and develop our place. This years’ celebration is not a time of festival and masquerades, but a tiime for rethink.”
Also speaking at the meeting was the former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Chief Joe Achuzie, who was miffed by the lopsided kitchen cabinet appointments, charged Ndigbo to remain strong and form a veritable opposition that will take over power come 2019.
According to Chief Achuzie, having known that the president has distributed key positions to his brothers, what worries me is that ministers have been regarded as mere servants by the president. In other words, if an Igbo is appointed minister, he or she will be a mere servant.
To this end he said, “The question is, are we to take up such positions to go and serve him, to go and make him popular? Without an Igbo man being a minister, I do not think the president will survive. So, Igbos should not take up ministerial positions.”
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