SGF: Group implores Buhari to consider South-East for position

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to concede to the South-East geo-political zone the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), seeing how the zone is not in any leadership position in the Judiciary, Legislature or Executive. 

A pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Igbo Amaka, while making the appeal Friday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, said that the appointment of a person of South East extraction as SGF would right the perceived injustice recently meted to the zone in the election of principal officers in the 9th National Assembly.

In an interaction with journalists, the Co-ordinator of the group, Mr Michael Okoro noted that the exclusion of the region in top national appointments was a gross injustice and negation of the principle of federal character.

He wondered how in spite of the contributions of the zone in the development of the country, none of its kinsmen was occupying a leadership position in any top government institution.

The Co-ordinator continued: “We believe in dialogue, peaceful negotiation and our group is opposed to any form of aggression or confrontation as tool for achieving our objectives.

“We are therefore appealing to Mr President to appoint somebody from South-East as the SGF because we believe that doing so will give the Igbo some sense of belonging.

“The Igbo have been excluded in virtually every level of leadership in Nigeria and this is despite the contributions of the zone in safeguarding the unity of the country.

“But, we cannot remain silent in the face of such perceived grave marginalisation and injustice to the zone. Knowing that the appointment of the SGF is the exclusive preserve of the President, we believe that giving the position to South-East will demonstrate that he truly believes in the unity of the country.”

In appealing to the leaders of the region, he said that they “must understand political realism and integrate in the national politics in order to get our fair share; we must desist from building tower of isolation and antagonism because doing so, will do us no good.”

He urged Ndigbo to put their house in order for the common good of the zone and engage in honest self-examination, adding that the challenge facing Igbo nation was that of leadership.

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