The president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has called on President Bola Tinubu to reconsider the five ministerial slots he made in the South East, describing it as ‘unfair and unjust’.
Chief Iwuanyanwu stated this in a statement he personally signed.
Our correspondent reports that Tinubu gave five ministerial slots to Southeast, seven to Southsouth, ten to Northwest, nine to Southwest, eight to Northeast and eight to Northcentral.
Chief Iwuanyanwu stated that, “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes in one united Nigeria and this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of fairness, justice and equity. We therefore demand justice, fairness and equity for every ethnic group in Nigeria, including the Igbo.
“States and geopolitical zones were created by the military administrations. All honest Nigerians know that the Igbo did not play much part during this exercise. As a result, the South East was shortchanged with five states while other zones have minimum of six states.
“This situation has placed the South East in a very difficult position, politically, economically, and socially. Our political power has been reduced as we have a few senators and also in the House of Representatives; governors, house of assembly and local governments.
“In federal revenue allocation, the South East is denied the revenue that comes on the basis of states. In federal board appointments and other resource distributions, we are strategically shortchanged. This situation was not caused by the current administration but we however appeal to Mr Tinubu to help us remedy the situation and restore justice, equity and fairness in Nigeria.”
Ohanaeze therefore prayed God to give Nigerian leaders ‘the wisdom and knowledge to steer the ship of Nigerian nation to peace, happiness and prosperity for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, creed and political persuasion’.