The Igbo took a sensitive position, but did not use it for the benefit of the Igbo.
Labor and Employment Minister Dr Chris Ngige said the Igbo had no reason to complain about marginalization because when the people in their region were in charge, they were unable to use their position to improve the situation in the country. Igbo nation, reports IgbereTV.
Speaking at an event in Anambra state on Monday, February 22, Ngige said the Igbo should stop blaming President Bukhari for some of the shortcomings in the southeast. He believed that they should have blamed their successive representatives and prominent politicians, who in the past held such leadership positions as inspector general of police, secretary of the Federation government and many others, but could not use these positions to work for their people.
“I am not saying that providing Igbo sensitive positions under the Bukhari regime is not good. I say that the Igbo people held important positions like Inspector General of Police, Secretary of the Federal Government, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, etc., but did not use these positions for the welfare of the Igbo nation.
The Igbo should be very careful about their insinuations, because such insinuations can cause displeasure among the Nigerian people. Diaspora Igbo are unhappy with Nigeria over comments coming from the southeast about Bukhari’s dating. It is not true that there is no Igboman among the chiefs of services. Chief of Defense Staff Lucky Onyenuchei is Igbo. Chibuike Amaechi is an Igbo. It would even be wrong to tell our southern-southern brothers that they are not Igbo. They fought on the side of the Igbo during the civil war and suffered casualties. Today we tell them that they are not Igbo. This is not good, ”he said.
The minister said the Southeast was not involved in the railroad development project under former President Goodluck Jonathan, explaining that it was in collaboration with Transport Minister Amaechi, who addressed the president before the Igbo areas were finally settled.
He also claimed that Igbo’s three sons and daughters were still aviation ministers, unable to renovate Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
As for the Nigeria police, Ngige said;
“There are six police commissioners in the southeast; Southwest – about 62; There are about 35 of them in the Northeast, and so on. Our people cried a lot; I reminded them that there was a time when the Igbo were PGI, but they did not use their position to draw up succession plans for the Igbo people.
We call for marginalization every day, but we were people who marginalized ourselves in many ways. We accuse President Bukhari of not appointing our staff as service chiefs, but we do not understand that the appointment of PCs in AIG is based on seniority; but by seniority there is no Igboman. Of the 35 or so AIGs we have in the Nigeria police force today, there is not a single Igboman there. This is a product of our past mistakes. Our people were unable to draw up a succession plan. “
Source: – Igbere TV