Buhari Doesnt Owe Igbos Anything – Dr. Junaid Mohammed


The Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians,
Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid
Mohammed, has dismissed the sentiments shared by
the former Governor of Anambra State, Gov Ezeife that
the Igbos have not been treated fairly in the governance
of Nigeria.
Ezeife argued that President Muhammadu Buhari’s
appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who hails from the
Igbo-speaking part of Delta State, to head the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, was not enough to
satisfy the South-East.
However, on Friday, Mohammed criticised Ezeife,
insisting that people of the Igbo nation have enjoyed
favourable treatment.
He added it was wrong to reward the Igbo simply on
the basis of the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted
between 1967 and 1970.
Mohammed said:
“If it is about Buhari making the appointments based on
merit, I have no problems with it. I don’t believe Buhari
or Nigeria owes any Igbo anything. I don’t care what
Ezeife says; if they had seceded, there would have been
no Nigeria today. As people who acted outside the
interest of Nigeria as a country, to expect compensation
is a very odd logic.
“If the Igbo don’t like it, they can attempt secession
again. If they do, they must be prepared to live with the
consequences. Nobody owes them anything and nobody
is out to compensate them for anything.”
The doctor-turned-politician also condemned claims that
Buhari’s appointment of northerners into key positions
in government was done out of ethnic sentiment.
He said:
“Critics should tell us which ethnic groups have been
favoured by Buhari in the course of making his
appointments in parastatals and agencies. Those who
are making those allegations, particularly the Igbo, have
not told us exactly which parastatals.
“For example, an Igbo man has just been appointed as
the head of the NNPC, one of the most important
government agencies in Nigeria. And over 50 per cent of
those appointed before him were also Igbos. So, if
people decide to be mischievous, there is nothing
anybody can do about it. As far as I am concerned,
those appointed have been good and credible persons.”
On reports that Buhari may head the petroleum ministry
for the next 18 months, the northern leader stated that
there was no living Nigerian at that public level who
knew as much about the ministry as Buhari.
According to Mohammed, there is full justification for
Buhari to be petroleum minister for as long as he
He stated”
“Moreover, the consequences of what happens in the oil
ministry are so dire. When one looks at the track record
of the past minister, one can see what we have to deal
with as a country as a result of her being made a
“In fact, I encourage him to retain the defence ministry
because we are in a state of war and he is a
distinguished retired general who has headed every
single division of the Nigerian Army during his service.
If he decides to be the defence minister, I would be
more than glad.”
Credit – Punch


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