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On different agitations in Nigeria

(Last Updated On: September 29, 2016)

The current wave of separatist agitations across different ethnic nationalities has also been blamed on the lopsidedness in distribution of political appointments in favour of the North by the present administration. Do you agree or not?

Buba Galadima opines:

“The entire oil industry is in the hands of the people of the South-east and South-south plus a few Northerners and Southwest people. 75 percent of those who own oil wells and don’t make about it are from the South- South and South-east. There is Freedom of Information Bill; tell Ibe Kachikwu to give you the list of oil well owners. You will be shocked.
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“The entire economy and financial system of Nigeria is in the hands of South- South and people of Igbo extraction. The Governor of Central Bank makes financial policy, and determines who gets what. Is Babatunde Fowler from Sokoto? Is Babatunde Fashola who is in charge of the energy, housing and road network from Maiduguri? The man in charge of the entire maritime sector from which Nigeria gets highest revenue, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is he from Kano? And above all, the chairman of the National Economic Council, Prof Yemi Osinbajo as well as Political Adviser to the President, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, are they from Plateau? I am asking you now.
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“You believe it is the only people from South-east, South-south and South- west that have rights to complain? We Northerners should be the one complaining about Buhari’s government, not the South-south, South-east and the South-west. And my reason is simple.
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“There are about 557 agencies of government and parastatals and Buhari has not reconstituted 30 of these parastatals. 85 percent of the remaining 540 or thereabouts are being headed by the people of the South-south, South-east and to a certain extent South-west because they were Jonathan’s appointees and Buhari did not remove them.
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“As I speak to you, nobody from Yobe, Jigawa, Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kogi, and Benue has been appointed as head of any federal parastatal apart from the statutory ministerial appointments.
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“There has never been a Nigerian that loves the Igbo more than Gen Buhari. In 2003, Buhari picked a prominent and illustrious son of Igbo extraction, a number three citizen of the country, the late Senator Chuba Okadigbo, as a running mate. Was that not a big consideration? How many votes did they give Buhari? Zero.
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“In 2007, Buhari picked another illustrious and distinguished son of the Igbo extraction, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, as his running mate. In the whole of his village, Buhari scored only three votes. If I don’t like you, why should I like anything that comes from your hands? If Buhari doesn’t like them, don’t you think he should flush those heads of parastatals and agencies of Federal Government who are from those zones and give those who supported him?

“He got the highest votes from Yobe State. Yet, he appointed nobody from Yobe to head any parastatal. What do you expect the Yobe people to say? Should they go and jump into the Atlantic Ocean? They also have the right to agitate. That is because of democracy. In Zamfara State, Buhari scored 94 percent of total vote cast. He didn’t appoint one person apart from the minister allowed by the constitution. If we want to build a country, we should throw away primordial sentiments, hate and spite and begin to look at every Nigerian as one of us or else we will never move forward. We should build a country where we will be our brothers’ keepers.”

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