Edwin Clark exposes how Buhari did everything to subjugate Igbos

Buhari ruled Nigeria between 2015 and 2019 and was accused of nepotism and deliberately excluding people of South-East extraction from non-mandatory appointments.

The elder statesman pointed out that, even though the region had three oil-producing states including Abia, Anambra and Imo States, Buhari refused to appoint anyone from the South-East in his constitution of the Board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Besides the refusal to appoint service chiefs from the region, Clerk recalled that the former President also allocated less than 1% of a $22.7bn loan to the South-East zone, while others received higher percentages.

“President Buhari did everything to subjugate the Igbos for reason best known to him. Perhaps it may be necessary to cite some examples; the NNPC board which he constituted when he came into office had 9 members, 1 from the South-West, 1 from South-South, and no member from the South-East, even though 3 South-East states; Abia, Anambra and Imo are oil producing states; the remaining members including his Chief of State came from the North, a non-oil producing region.

“However, he later tried to amend it when he appointed Sen Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman of the second board; and he later replaced him with Margery Chuba-Okadigbo before he took office. He (Senator Ifeanyi Ararume) took the matter to court and won but the situation has not changed.

“Also, when President Buhari attempted to obtain loans from foreign financial institutions that exceeded 30% of the GDP which was not in the interest of the country; and the loan of $22.7 billion (USD), of which less than 1% of the amount was to be allocated to the South-East zone while other zones were allocated higher percentage for infrastructural projects, is a violation of the constitutional requirement to ensure a balanced economic development of Nigeria in accordance with President Buhari’s Oath of Office. In President Buhari’s 17-man security chiefs, 14 of them came from the North and only 3 from the South excluding the Igbos from the South East,” the letter read.

Clark further noted that the “discrimination and injustice” against the Igbo is still rife under Tinubu’s administration.

He wondered how the President intended to justify his appointment of 10 ministers from the South-West region while he only selected five from the South-East.

“Mr President, even in your administration, the discrimination and injustice against the Igbos has not abated.

“The old Eastern Region and the old Western Region, to which I belonged, were equal competitors and partners before and during the First and Second Republic but today, you have appointed 10 Yorubas as Ministers from the South-West, and only five (5) Ministers from the South-East, and you even failed to give them the ministerial appointment due to their region that would have made it six (6) Ministers. There is no justification for this grave omission and no effort has been made to correct it,” he added.

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