…Apeals to Buhari, to Review Appointments to Accommodate Igbos
By Samuel Ohwovoriole
Yoruba elders from the South West geo-political zone of the country under the umbrella of Conference of Concerned Yoruba Elders (CCYE), in a press statement released Monday and signed by their National Coordinator, Prof. Olusegun Ajibola, National Coordinator, CCYE and Dr. Catherine Adisa, National Secretary, CCYE, expressed reservation over the non appointment of an Igbo man from the Southeast as a member of the nation’s security team service as they applauded President Buhari for appointing one of their illustrious sons in the Nigerian Army into the nation’s security management team as Chief of the Air Staff.
However, CCYE asked him to review the appointment of service chiefs to accommodate their south eastern counterparts. Having watched events unfold since 2015.
It said the reactions and counter-reactions trailing the appointments of service chiefs and alleged sidelining of officers of Igbo origin was a thing of concern to it hence its decision to speak out.
“We have carefully followed the reaction and counter reactions that is trailing the appointments of the new service chiefs and concerns raised by Nigerians over the exclusion of igbo from South East, and as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we wish to add our voice to this growing concerns.
“Firstly, we thank God and President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing our son, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao as Chief of the Air Staff. This is the second time that the president is considering our region worthy enough for appointment into the nation’s security management. We are indeed grateful to him for this gesture.
“We can categorically say that it is an appointment that Mr President will not regret because of the professional and moral competence of the officer.
“We, however, stand totally with Ohanaeze Ndigbo and several other Nigerians who are of the view that justice was not done to South East in the composition of the service chiefs and should be urgently and fairly reviewed in the interest of justice and equity.”
According to the Yoruba elders,”The Igbo nation has suffered so much in this country and if God must be kind to us, we need to address the so many injustices done to them.”
“Obviously, from the mood of the country after the long awaited sack of service chiefs, the low or poor excitement in the country is a clear indication that people were not happy with the composition of the appointment,”the group added.
The group tasked Nigerians not to sit on the fence on the matter, challenging them to stand up for the Igbos by voicing their concerns as according to it,”an injustice to one is injustice for all.”
The group while reiterating its position that a review of the appointments was necessary in the interest of justice and equity,said it had nothing personal against the service chiefs but was only calling for a right thing to be done given that the country is a multi-ethnic one.
“We wish to say here in very clear terms that we have nothing personal against the new service chiefs because they are all competent in their various capacities. However,we wish to say also that there are also competent and qualified Igbos in the various arms of the Nigerian Military,”the statement said.
According to them,”Anything done without justice cannot be effective because God will not be part of it”, adding that:”The needed peace and prosperity of a country cannot be guaranteed as God is a God of Justice.”
The group which, however, hailed President Buhari for what it described as his many infrastructural development not only in the South East region but also the country as a whole, appealed to him to write his name in gold by reviewing the appointments of service chiefs.
” We must commend Mr President on the many infrastructural development in the South East in particular and the country as a whole. We humbly appeal to him to prove his critics wrong that he does not have anything against the Igbos and write his name in gold by reviewing the appointments of service chiefs to reflect true federal character with an Igbo military officer in the team.
” We say this because this is the second time the president is appointing service chiefs in his government without an Igbo officer found worthy to be appointed. To us, and so many Nigerians alike, this is not fair. “While we call on Nigerians to speak for the South East, we appeal to Mr President to review this appointment in the interest of justice that he and his party stand for,”the group added.
Noting that no ethnic group or tribe in the country had stake in the Nigerian project than the others,the group insisted that it was time for President Buhari to right his wrong so that every part of the country could have a sense of belonging in Nigeria.
They used the opportunity to call on their kinsmen to reciprocate the president’s gesture by wholeheartedly supporting his administration to succeed in bequeathing an enduring legacy of good leadership for the country.
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