The Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) has expressed deep anger and dissatisfaction with the latest appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It would be recalled that Buhari appointed of Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa state as the secretary to the government of the federation; as well as Alhaji Abba Kyari for the position of chief of staff to the president.
Vanguard reports that Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the president of the OYC, made a statement that was jointly signed with the group’s public relations officer, Obinna Adibe, on Friday, August 28.
Isiguzoro stressed that the appointments were totally unacceptable for Ndigbo because they violated the principle of federal character as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
According to the council, the president had demonstrated his deep hatred for Ndigbo, even though he had stated that he belonged to nobody but belonged to everybody.
“We stand to condemn this glaring hatred for Ndigbo by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. We recall that apart from several other appointments, Buhari’s government has also appointed Service Chiefs and in a similar manner, he sidelined the South-East zone.
“As if that was not enough, the long-awaited position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has come at last and this government deemed nobody from the South-East qualified enough to occupy that position, which was earlier zoned to Ndigbo.
“We are indeed shocked by this turn of events, which are totally at variance with Mr. President’s earlier stand that he was for nobody but that he was for everybody. We are at a loss where this statement fits in, considering all the actions he has taken so far, which are all against the interest of Ndigbo.
“Where is the justice; where is the equity; where is the one Nigeria? How long shall Ndigbo be pushed to the walls?
“The Ohaneze Youth Council is saying it loud and clear that these appointments are unacceptable to us and we urge Mr. President to reverse them, otherwise it would appear that there is a grand-design to annihilate the Igbos out of the political and economic system in this country,” the statement read.
The OYC further wondered in its statement why the Buhari-led government had suspended work on the second Niger Bridge.
“The Second Niger Bridge is a project that touches on the economic life of the entire South-East and we find it curious that the federal government is not ready to attach any priority to it.
“We use this medium to urge Mr. President to right these wrongs and move the country forward as one. Tribalism has never paid Nigeria and this period will not make any difference," the statement added.
It is worth mentioning that the appointment of more northerners by the president has been greeted with extreme repugnance by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a recent interview, some of them noted that Buhari was already giving the party a bad name among Nigerians.