Alleged Lopsided Appointment: Ohaneze Ndigbo Cannot Speak For South-South By Okoi Obono-obla

Chief (Barr) Okoi Obono-obla

I want to debunk the assertion by Chief Nnia Nwodo, President General of Umbrella Igbo Socio-Cultural Organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo that appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since his assumption of office is lopsided and skewed against the South/South and South East Geo-Political Zones of the country.

Since I am from the South/South (not from the South/East) I will restrict myself to the South/South.

The position of Ohaneze Ndigbo is misleading, spurious and plain falsehood calculated to whip up sentiments and emotions against President Muhammadu Buhari.

It is nothing but pernicious propaganda to give President Buhari a bad name.

It is the usual dirty politics and blackmail employed and deployed by the elites to play one section of the country against the other in a bid to keep the people perpetually divided, while thy help themselves to the resources meant for development of the country.

In the first place, what is the business of Ohaneze Ndigbo speaking for the South/South?

If the South/South is aggrieved with any action taken by the Federal Government that it considers inimical or injurious to its interest, the people will speak for itself.

It follows that Ohaneze Ndigbo has no interest, real or tangible to purport to speak for the South/South.

Let the truth be told, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ministers from the South/South.

It is a well-established that Ministers of Transportation, Petroleum, Budget and National Planning, Niger Delta Affairs; Agriculture (State) and Health (State).

Many career and non-career Ambassadors have also been appointed from the Six States South/South by President Buhari.

Permanent Secretaries from the Six States of the South/South have also been appointed by President Buhari.

Indeed the Head of Service of the Federation is from Cross River State in the South/South.This is most important and influential position in the federal bureaucracy.

President Buhari has also appointed Director Generals of extra-ministerial departments such as Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Authority; Nigerian Maritime Administration Security and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigerian Local Content Development and Monitoring Board; National Women Development Centre etc.

In my own State, Cross River State, President Buhari has made  following numerous appointments (apart from ministerial appointment) thus:
The Chief Justice of Nigeria;
Chief of Naval Staff;
the Head of Service of the Federation;
three career ambassador;
one non career ambassador ;
Senior Special Assistant to the President;
the Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission;
Commissioner , Niger Delta Development Commission;
Director General , National Women Development Centre;
Chairman (Professor John Offem) of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri;
Chairman (Odey Ochicha), Governing Council Federal Polytechnic,Ile Oluji;
Chairman (Engr. Usang Bassey Usang), Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi;
Member of the Governing Board of Federal Polytechnic, Mubi;Member ( Ogban Ebock Ogban) , Governing Council of the University of Ilorin,;
Member (Professor Essien Akabom Offiong), Governing Council of the University of Calabar;
Managing Director and Member of the Board of Cross River Basin Development Authority ;
General Manager, Shipping, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC);
Board Member (Dr John Thomas) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The appointments so far made by President Buhari in respect of Cross River State are so far unparalleled in the 50 years history of the State! I believe President Buhari will surely in the next few weeks appoint indigenes of the State into more appointments.

It goes without saying that the allegation made by Ohaneze Ndigbo against President Buhari that he is discriminatory in his mode of appointments of people from the South/South region is unsubstantiated, wild and balderdash.

I therefore appeal to Ohaneze Ndigbo to leave the South/South alone in its politics of hand twisting.

When former President Jonathan skewed appointments in favour of the South East; did Ohaneze Ndigbo bother to speak for States like Cross River State that were terribly marginalised?

Okoi Obono-obla is the Senior Special Assistant on Prosecution to President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari 1318898077130183526

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