By Jude Audu and Anayo Oyeoka:
Former Secretary, Ohaneze Ndigbo political affairs committee FCT, and Deputy legal Adviser, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), and Deputy Legal Adviser, Young Democratic Party (YDP), Barr. Maxwell Anaeto (KSM) has expressed dismay at the feeble attempts of Senator Chris Ngige to defend the lopsided appointments of his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He revealed this disappointment in an interview he had with our correspondent recently in Abuja, where he said that it is unfortunate that Senator Chris Ngige who hails from the East could come out to defend a clear case of injustice done to his people and he therefore calls for Chris Ngige to resign. “In other words Senator Ngige was supporting Mr. President; he was trying to let the people of southeast accept that the lopsided appointments made so far by Mr. President were in order. I mean that’s the implication. In fact, I am disappointed in Ngige. It’s unfortunate that such words were coming from likes of Ngige, a respected personality like Ngige a former governor, a senator of federal republic of Nigeria and now a minister. I mean the man I respected and regarded so much would sit in front of his sisters and brothers and use such words to defend Mr. President is atrocious, and called for his resignation”, he said.
He added that Ngige should apologize to the people of the East and advise the president rightly.
His words: “To come to Igbo land and defend Mr. President in an obvious matter such as this is uncalled for and he should apologize to the southeast! What I expected from Senator Ngige was to tell Mr. President the truth because it appears to me that the majority of his cabinets are not telling Mr. President the truth. The President need to work with people that are honest – people who can look at him and say Mr. President, you have done well or Mr. President you have not done well. It’s just unfortunate that some of us are not privileged to be considered for appointment. Because I will rather let the President know that I’m here to render my services to the people, for God’s sake, Nigeria belongs to all of u- Nigeria is made up of ethnic nationalities, the Igbos inclusive as well as the southeast”.
He said he is in support of the booing of Ngige as long as decent words were used. “So I am in support of those who booed Mr. Ngige as long as they used decent words to express their grievances”, stated.
In the same breathe; he also stated that he is against the use of abusive words against Ngige that he is a highly respected son of Igboland.
He expressed pessimism at the current political situation of Nigeria when he said that Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity was saying that the president was not under compulsion to respect the federal character in the appointment of government functionaries.
“The other day Mr. Femi Adeshina was trying to defend Mr. President by saying that Mr. President was not under compulsion to invoke the federal character for appointment. You see my brother I’m fed up, commenting on same issues because my comments would not change anything. It appears Mr. President has made up his mind to marginalize the southeast. A statement was also credited to Mr. President that he will not marginalize any ethnic group in Nigeria but I wonder if such statement was actually from Mr. President because the southeast have already been marginalized. The truth is that his appointments are one-sided!
“You are not under compulsion to pick from one family or the other for appointment. The President should know that he’s father to all. I personally did not vote for him but the moment he was sworn I as president, he becomes my President”, Maxwell expressed.