The Ohanaeze Ndigbo group has expressed disappointment that President Muhammadu Buhari failed to appoint a South Easterner as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Boss Mustapha, from Adamawa state in the North-East, was sworn-in on Wednesday as the new SGF following the sack of Babachir Lawal, also from that region.
The group, in a statement by its President General, John Nnia Nwodo, said:
- The appointment of a person of Igbo origin would have been a perfect opportunity for the President to address feelings of marginalisation among persons of the South East.
- Buhari’s decision shows his “insensitivity to the over flogged issue of marginalisation of Ndigbo by his administration.”
- Buhari is insincere in his claim of running an inclusive government. “The president’s action has further denied the people of the region a strong place in the executive arm of the administration,” he said.
- It’s disappointing that despite the huge contribution of the Ndigbo to the socio-economic and political development of the nation, the President could not find anyone from the region worthy of being appointed as the SGF.
Quote: “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 Ohanaeze president added.