Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the hatred of President Muhammadu Buhari for Ndigbo is no more hidden.
The former governor of Anambra state, who said this in a recent interview where he canvassed for the restructuring of Nigeria, accused the president of pushing the eastern region out of the country as well as corrupting the constitution of Nigeria.
According to him, the problem that the Igbo people are facing in today’s Nigeria is, “the problem of hatred from Mr President.”
He said, “At the beginning, not everybody saw it. I saw it early enough and thinking it was a mistake and not a deliberate action, I started shouting. We have not been taken here, we have not been taken there, you have appointed 10 persons, nobody from South East; you have appointed 20 people nobody is from South East, you have appointed 25, 30, 40 going further we have nobody, no soul from the South East.
“So, I started knowing that it is beyond a mistake. I was thinking it was a mistake and since I believe that the person who is President must have conscience, I was raising his consciousness to the mistake so that he can correct it even the ones I tell you to write, you will find that everything I was saying is true. Instead of being taken seriously for amendment to be made, I was called enemy of the North and enemy of Buhari.”
He queried why President Buhari is insisting on pushing Ndigbo out of Nigeria while also claiming that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.
“So, if you push the Igbo out of Nigeria like Buhari is doing, pushing Ndigbo hard to leave Nigeria and then he turns back to say that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, what kind of nonsense is that? You are pushing some parts of Nigeria out of Nigeria and you are turning around to extol the unity of Nigeria, Ezeife stated.
Justifying his claims he said, “First, he swore the oath to protect and defend the constitution, he is not defending the constitution, he is not offering any job to people from the South East. That is called denial, he is corrupting the constitution through the appointments he is making and the best policy Buhari is known for is anti-corruption policy. He is corrupting the policy he rolled out in many ways. One of these is unfairness in the distribution of jobs.
“As I am talking to you now, people sit in National Security Council of Nigeria, the Igbo are described as one of the third legs of the tripod in Nigeria, not one Igbo is in the National Security Council. You don’t kill people and expect them to be with you.
The Nigerian Army massacred our people in Aba, they also massacred our people who carried the Bible to go and do memorial service in Onitsha area.
“Fulani herdsmen went and killed our people in Enugu. Olisa Metuh was going to court handcuffed when people who have greater charges against them, were swaggering into the court. What are you telling his people?
“So, please, I am no longer interested in blaming Buhari, all I am interested now is asking Nigerians from all parts of the country to pray for Buhari because he is the President. May God give him the idea to change, may God direct him to the right path of Nigeria’s developmental governance. That is my prayer and I will appeal to everybody to forget criticising Buhari.
“We have seen that he doesn’t absorb criticism, so why do we keep calling him names if he doesn’t recognise what you are saying”, he asked.
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