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Ohanaeze Fumes Over Lopsidedness In Ministerial Appointments

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The Apex Igbo Socio Cultur­al Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has cried foul over what it observed as the obvi­ous inequality and injustice that trailed the recent ap­pointments of members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) by President Bola Tinu­bu where only five, out of the 48 members, were appointed from the South-East region.

By the Principle of Federal Character, the Igbo umbrella body argued that the region (Southeast) ought to have got at least eight members, lamenting that the skewed appointments had placed the region in absolute minority in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Ohaneze Ndigbo stands for equity and justice and believes that equity and justice are fundamental pre­requisites for an enduring harmonious relationship in a country such as Nigeria with many diversities and the Federal Character enshrined in our constitution is a major step towards the management of Nigeria’s many diversi­ties,” it stated.

The Ohaneze Ndigbo Pres­ident General of the Organi­sation, World Wide, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in a statement in Owerri pleaded with President Bola Tinubu and the National Assembly to look into the case and rem­edy the anomaly to reflect the Principle of Federal Charac­ter.

The elder statesman also pleaded that action be taken to create a new state in the South East to address the injustice of the region having only five states.

“We have in the past few years patiently watched from people in authority deny the southeast our rights. For ex­ample, there is no explanation whatsoever for giving South East five states only whereas other Zones have six or seven states and this situation has put South East in a very seri­ous handicap.”

Chief Iwuanyanwu noted that since many appointments are made based on equality of states, the South East, with only five states, had lost a lot of appointment opportunities, just as the region had lost a whole state legislative Assem­bly, House of Representatives and three Senators.

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