Raymond Ozoji ,
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio- cultural organisation has said that the Igbo would not beg the President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for appointments.
It said issues of appointments are constitutional obligations that every President of Nigeria, irrespective of the voting pattern of a people in an election must comply with.
It condemned the move by certain people who claimed to be representing the Igbo who allegedly went to General Buhari to beg for appointments for Ndigbo in his government.
The state President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra,Dr. Chris Eluomunoh who spoke as the chairman of state presidents’ forum of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising seven Igbo speaking states , stated this in a press conference in Awka at the weekend .
He said the Igbo nation is an integral part of Nigeria and must get their due share in the country as a matter of right.
Eluemunoh maintained that the Igbo had no regrets voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in the just concluded general elections, stressing that the circumstance of the time made the voting pattern necessary.
“We didn’t vote for Jonathan because we didn’t like Buhari. The circumstance of the moment made our voting proper, and we don’t regret it.
“Nobody can intimidate the Igbo because of the way we voted in that election; neither shall we beg anybody for appointments because we didn’t vote for him.
“Every zoning arrangement for appointments in this country must include the Igbo. So those who called themselves Ohanaeze elders who went to beg for appointments for Ndigbo were on their own. They are not speaking for us.
“Ohanaeze is not partisan. At the appropriate time, we shall meet with the Presidentelect to chart a course for the country.”
He called on the incoming president to implement the reports of the National Conference, especially as it concerned the creation of additional state in the South East. He said “to dump the reports of the National conference is to dump the unity of Nigeria.