Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organization, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the recent shake-up at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the interest of fairness, peace and unity.
In a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nwodo, in Abuja on Sunday, Ohanaeze said that it was disappointed at the consistent disposition of disdain for the South-East by the Buhari administration as abundantly reflected in the recent re-organisation at the NNPC.
The group said that it had thought that after the president’s declaration in a recent broadcast that Nigeria’s unity was settled and non-negotiable, that he would have begun to take all necessary actions in his governance to achieve it, but that the recent NNPC shake-up had not shown that the administration was living its pledge.
Nwodo said that the glaring imbalance in favour of the North in the shake-up with the South-East totally ignored, only reemphasized a fact of sectionalism consistent with the Buhari administration.
He stated that “this brazen disregard, marginalization and non-compliance with the Federal character provisions in our constitution are the causes of lack of confidence which our youths have in our present governance structure.
“As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that his government will favour those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted 5% for him so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsist”.