The Apex Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has bemoaned the Non-inclusion of the South-East zone in the appointment of the new service chiefs by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd).
UGAMATV had reported that the president had sacked the outgoing service chiefs, while replacing them with a new set.
He had appointed Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of AirStaff.
The group, though highlighting the possible positive effects of these appointment on the security state of the country, urged the president to capture the South-East Zone for further appointments in the security sector.
This, they said will encourage compliance with Federal character provision of the Nigerian constitution
The statement which titled “OHANAEZE NDIGBO CONGRATULATES MR. PRESIDENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW SERVICE CHIEFS”, was signed by the President-General of the group, Prof. George Obiozor.
It thus reads:
The appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of AirStaff will go a long way to reassure Nigerians that Mr. President is determined to contain and control the nation’s security problems with fresh ideas and strategies.
We particularly thank Mr. President for the appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor a tested General and a gentleman.
“However, Mr. President, one way of ensuring compliance with Federal character provision of the Nigerian constitution is to observe the distribution of important and vital offices of the Federal Government in accordance with the zonal structure.”
“Mr. President, particularly in the area of the security architecture of the country, the South East zone which was conspicuously absent in your first term has now again not been included so far in your recent appointment of service chiefs.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo hopes and believes that Mr. President in continuation of appointments in this sector would consider the South East zone.”
“We wish Mr. President a successful second term with peace and security for the country and prosperity for the people of Nigeria.”