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Southeast leaders, army generals visit Buhari, make case for the zone




Some Igbo leaders, including retired army generals, have paid a visit to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, where they made case for the Igbo in the in-coming (All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

Former President-General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, who was on the entourage, disclosed this in Nnewi.

He said the purpose of the visit was to appeal to the president-elect, to factor in the Igbo interest — and not leave them in the cold — as he appoints his principal officers as well as in infrastructural development.

Ikedife explained that the request became necessary in view of the fact that Buhari did not receive substantial support from the Southeast geo-political zone during the presidential elections.

“You know people of the Southeast voted heavily for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and not very much for the APC. And the impression will be that the people of the Southeast did not support the President-elect. Our visit is to let the President-elect know that he is the President for all and that he has to accommodate people from the Southeast in his administration,” Ikedife explained.

“We have people who are capable, qualified, hardworking and technocrats who can work with him in Igbo land. And there are people who worked tirelessly for the APC to win in the Southeast, people who did not vie for any elective position, no matter the low number of votes they attracted because of the overwhelming Southeast support for the PDP. It is important that these people should be accommodated,” he said.

The Ohaneze chief pointed out that he was too old to be given any strenuous appointment and could only play on the wings.

Ikedife disclosed that their discussion with the President-elect did not centre on infrastructure in Igbo land. “But during the President-elect’s campaign in the Southeast, I chaired one of the occasions when he visited the entrepreneurs and leaders of the economy in the Southeast; we presented our primary needs, including electricity, water, roads and construction of the Second Niger Bridge, among others. We documented these things.”

On General Buhari’s reaction to their request, he said the President-elect was friendly and appreciated the visit but did not say whether, or not, he was going to grant the request “since we did not sign any contract with him.”

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  • Izeobor

    He who visits a toad and asks for a chair, does he see the toad sitting on any chair? The problem of Ndi Igbo is larger than Buhari. Can he guarantee a steady supply of electricity to his hometown talk less guaranteeing Ndi Igbo with one. There are pleas that are foolish and I think this is an example. Elections have been won and lost. Every Nigerian should contribute to building the nation together rather than asking with cap in hands what Buhari will do for Ndi Igbo. Recall the saying of an American president to “ask what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for you”. It’s a shame from these so-called Igbo “leaders”.

    • they r representing themselves nt d igbos. we didn’t vote for buhari n we have no regrets abt dt. if he likes he can deny d politicians posts or he can give them positions. we dnt care. he made promises to Nigerians, he shd fulfil them. 1. stabilize oil price, 2. one dollar = one naira, 3. N40 per litre of pms, 4. destroy boko haram, 5. fight corruption, 6. jail d corrupt, 7. move d nation 4ward etc. we can ask for no more.

  • Al Agba

    How can you expect to reap where you have not sown? Aside, you have made the maximum benefits from Jonathan Ebele Azikwe, let others have their turn.


    Ezeobor, I agree with you that “what we can do for our country is far
    better than what we gain from it. Surely we must work together for the good of
    our country. Asking from the incoming Fed-Government, Some of these leaders are on the right and wise in the way they acted. No permanent enemy. Even where GMD garnered more votes, many did not vote for him-but he is the President-elect of Nigeria by the grace of God come May 29, 2015 he will become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I believe, he will work for the good of all. I promise you, GMB will surprise all and won our hearts to himself and his party. He is a wise, diligent and disciplined and cultured person.

    On the comment made by my friend, Chux, I am a bit scary; it seems that he made it out of sentiment and hatred. It shouldn’t be so, it is true that he and his party made promises, if those who voted for them did not, how would Chux be asking for the fulfillment of the promise. Anyway, elections had come and gone, let us as one Nigeria work together to move our beloved country forward, either you voted for this or that, we cannot vote for every contestants. This is the beauty of democracy.