President Muhammadu Buhari says he has been generous in his appointments of people from the South-East despite the low votes he got from the region during the 2015 elections.
The president said this during an interview aired on Arise Television on Monday.
Buhari made the comment in response to allegations of marginalisation of the region in his appointments.
He said, “Somebody made an observation (and I made it clear for the first time) that I was not patronising the Igbo from the south-east. I took the paper from him, I told him that when I won the election, I studied the amount of votes I got from all the geopolitical zones.
“I said I got 198,000 something from the whole of the south-east; 198,000 which virtually any local government can give me. But I appointed ministers of foreign affairs, minister of labour, minister of industries and investment, minister of science and tech.
“But these four, I never knew them from Adam. But from seven states of the north, I have ministers of states, they are under these ministers. How fair do you want me to be?
“So I threw him away with his paper.”