He said, “I’m in good terms with the President. He has good plans for the South-East, contrary to the perception of some people. He has an emotional feeling that the South-East ought to have an additional state.“I’m also hopeful that the federal government would set aside November 16 as a national day in memory of the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of this great country.”
The governor insisted that it was wrong for Ohanaeze Ndigbo to have fixed a meeting on a day President Buhari was in the state to commission a mausoleum in honour of the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe who, the governor said remained a world hero of the Igbo.Obiano urged the body to eschew politics in its dealing and rather maintain neutrality, which he said was part of the objective for setting up the group as a nonpartisan organisation with the principal aim of pushing for Igbo agenda.
Speaking, the Ohanaeze delegation led by its branch president, Nnamdi Nwigwe said they were in the state to show solidarity to the Obiano-led government.The group extolled what it called Obiano’s negotiating power; think- home philosophy, among other initiatives.
He said, “We are particularly happy with your position on appreciating President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration’s good gestures to the people of the South-East region and Anambra State in particular. “The completion of Zik Mausoleum which is a national monument, the ongoing second Niger bridge, road projects and other infrastructures lay credence to the fact that the Buhari administration has not forgotten the region”, the Igbo group stated.
President Buhari’s recent visit to Anambra state was very instructive and illuminating. It gave deep insight into the true nature of politics and what it means to be in control of power in Nigeria. Security helicopters flew around the Onitsha metropolis in droves. It reminded one of the dark days of the Nigerian/Biafra civil war.
There are great lessons to learn from the way Buhari’s visit was handled. Buhari came to fulfill all righteousness. At the palace of the Obi of Onitsha, President Buhari made it clear that the lopsided, skewed, clannish appointments he has been making was based on ‘merit’. And since the sons and daughters of Ndigbo lacked the requisite knowledge and expertise for appointments into key positions of authority in his government, the better qualified Nigerians from the Fulani/ Hausa ethnic extractions were always called for service. Of course, Buhari told his listeners how he went to commission the Zik Mausoleum which previous administrations had neglected. I was wondering the significance and import of commissioning the mausoleum to the Igbo nation.
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