The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the recent appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari had shown that Nigerian leader does not bear any grudge against the Igbos.
It would be recalled that Buhari got few votes in the South-East during the polls, which caused the allegations that the president would snub the Igbos as a result of the development.
The claims were further reinforced by reports quoting Buhari as saying, during his recent visit to the USA, that he would not give identical treatment to those that did not vote for him.
Meanwhile, the South-East chapter of the APC said Buhari would give all sections of the country equal treatment.
In a statement through its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, it said that Kachikwu’s appointment, and some other recent decisions taken by Nigerian president, had justified its belief that Buhari would not demote the Igbos.
The party said: “The appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and Engr. Dennis Ajulu as Group Managing Director, and Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the NNPC, respectively, and enlistment of Enugu Airport among those to be upgraded, are clear indication and demonstration that Mr. President bears no grudge against Ndigbo for not voting for him.
“South-East Zone of the All Progressives Congress salutes President Muhammadu Buhari for vindicating its position that every region of the country under his watch would receive equal and fair treatment.”
Okechukwu therefore advised Ndigbo to dismiss “gossip-terrorists and ethnic merchants who peddle the falsehood that President Buhari hates Ndigbo.”
He stated that Buhari had, in the course of his presidential campaign, held different meetings with Igbo leaders, where the president promised to address the problem of the Igbos.
Okechukwu added that Buhari addressed a letter dated November 7, 2014, to leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the foremost socio-political body of the Igbos.
The letter read: “Since I cannot assume to know all the pressing issues facing Ndigbo or what Ndigbo expect of the new Nigeria we wish to build; I would greatly appreciate if you could kindly arrange a consultative meeting with Ohaneze Ndigbo where we could discuss and try to determine how this could best be done.
“I considered it pertinent to hold consultations with all communities nationwide in order to build a mutually acceptable national consensus. Needless to add, no national consultation will be complete or meaningful without a meeting with the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo.”
Okechukwu also expressed the belief of the South-East APC in Buhari’s inaugural address, particularly where the President said he “he belongs to everybody.”
“He (Buhari) doesn’t take prisoners, his word is his bond,” Okechukwu added, stressing that the President’s “rapid response to implement the United Nations Environment Programme Report, which recommended the cleansing of hazardous Oil polluted Ogoni land, almost consigned to the dustbin of history by the previous regime, couldn’t have attracted his attention, if otherwise.”