Don’t sideline Ndi-Igbo -Northern elder warns ruling party

By Our Reporter

An elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassi, has called on President Buhari to make up for the marginalization of the South-East at the National Assembly by appointing many indigenes of the area into political positions.

Speaking to journalists in Kano recently the former parliamentarian alleged that the South-East was completely schemed out in the power equation in the House of Representatives where he noted the federal character principle was ignored.

He observed that while the South-East was not allocated any leadership position in the lower chamber, the South-West alone had two slots just to assuage the interests of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Alhaji Yakassai therefore opposed the threat of removing the Deputy Senate President, Barr. Ike Ekweremadu, as, if the threat is carried out, it would mean that the entire South-East would have no leadership position in the entire National Assembly.

He recognized Igbos as an important block in the Nigerian federation and that neglecting them in Nigeria’s leadership configuration would not angur well for Nigeria’s unity.


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