Ohaneze Ndigbo, the pro-East apex socio-political organisation, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the recent reorganisation at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the interest of peace, unity and good governance.
In a statement at the weekend signed by its President-General, Chief John Nwodo, the group described as appalling the consistent and unrepentant disposition of alleged disdain for the Southeast by Buhari’s administration as copiously displayed in the recent reorganisation at the NNPC.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it had thought that after the President’s declaration in a recent broadcast that Nigeria’s unity was settled and not negotiable, that he would take all necessary actions to achieve it, adding that the NNPC shake up has not shown that the administration meant what it said.
Nwodo said that Buhari’s administration has shown in the new managers just announced, tilting clearly in favour of the North with the Southeast ignored as has always been the case since he came on board, has no plan to achieve the desired cohesion in an already fragmented nation.
The Ohanaeze chief noted: “This brazen disregard, marginalisation and non-compliance with the federal character provisions in our constitution are the causes of lack of confidence which our youths have in our present governance structure.
“As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that his government will favour those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted five per cent for him so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsists.
“There is no oil well anywhere in Northern Nigeria. Four of the five states in the Southeast have proven oil resources some of which provide our nation’s revenue yet our people are not found fit to be adequately represented in a key corporate institution like the NNPC.
“Ohanaeze is therefore urging the President to revisit this recent reorganisation exercise in NNPC in the name of God and in the spirit of the ongoing festivity being celebrated in this season and in promotion of unity and good governance.”