By Mazi Nnamdi Nwigwe
We are now in the month of September, 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to unveil his Minister-nominees and possibly other appointments. From May 29, 2015 to August 27, 2015, our very meticulous and careful helmsman at Aso Villa had made only 31 appointments across the country that comprises six geo-political zones.
In the appointments so far announced, every zone had representation except South-East which did not have a single appointee.
The positions of all the Service Chiefs, including that of the National Security Adviser, NSA, have been filled by Buhari.
Of the eight major Security Units, six are from the global North while two are from the South, namely the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff.
The six from the North are the National Security Adviser, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Director-General, DSS, Chief of Defence Intelligence and Chief Security Officer to the President.
The President inherited and retained the Chief Justice of the Federation, who is also from the North.
The three principal para-military organisations, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, are all headed by personnel from the North and were appointed by Buhari.
In a country which is made up of three dominant ethnic nationalities – Hausa(North), Igbo(South East), and Yoruba(South West), it is simply inexplicable that not a single Igbo was found worthy, in Buhari’s estimation, to be given any of the positions so far released.
And indeed the two most relevant persons to comment on the issue – the President’s official spokesman, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman Odigie-Oyegun, have gallantly admitted that something obviously went wrong but reassured the nation that the necessary balance would eventually be achieved when the whole picture is revealed. Great Nigerians they are indeed.
Nd’Igbo should not waste their time trying to reply to the sheer provocations emanating from apologists of Buhari who is no fool and knows them to be insincere seekers of his attention.
In fact some of these uninvited spokespersons of the President had gone to the ridiculous limits of suggesting that Buhari was only concerned with unearthing the best of the best in the land and doesn’t care about where such creatures come from.
The insinuation therefore is that no Igbo person qualifies in present Nigeria’s first 30 great brains in security and administrative matters!
That would be one of the wonders of the 21st Century in Nigeria where the first indigenous army commander Major-General JTU Aguiyi Ironsi, was Igbo. So also the first indigenous President of the Senate, Governor-General and the first President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. That person was Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The next native Nigerian to hold the above-named offices was also an Igbo man. His name was Dr Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor-Orizu.
When the pioneer Ivory Tower, the University College, Ibadan, matured to have an indigenous Vice Chancellor, the person appointed was an Igbo academic, Prof K.O. Dike.The first VC of the University of Lagos was Prof. Eni Njoku, an Igbo.
Even among the women folk, this country’s first female Pilot, Chinyere Kalu, was Igbo.
So our revered President should be left alone to decide what to give the people of South East whenever he chooses to do so.He is currently remodelling the bureaucratic and administrative architecture of the country. Maybe thereafter he would discover competent Igbo technocrats to assist him achieve his aim of changing the way of thinking of Nigerians.
One can only wish him well as his success is Nigeria’s success. He certainly would benefit from the creative drive of Nd’Igbo who are much better known by him than those currently striving to justify that has manifestly been made.