A group under the aegis of South-East, South-South Professionals of Nigeria (SESSPN), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to carry everyone along in his administration. The group however pointed out that the key appointments made so far by this administration in major national institutions such as the armed forces and other security agencies, virtually excluded Nigerian nationals of Southeast South-south extractions.
In an open letter to the President titled, “South-East and South-South Zones: Matters Arising” and signed by Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju and Dagogo Karibi-Whyte, President and general secretary respectively, the group observed that the actions of Mr. President so far, would appear to give the impression they are the latent undercurrent of the policy thrust of the new administration. This ought not to be the direction.
“We are indeed surprised that the change mantra of Mr. President, which had buoyed the hopes of majority of Nigerians that things would be done differently in the new dispensation, appears already stymied in needless controversy that does not augur well for the future of our democracy,” the group said. Ugwu-Oju further noted that Mr. President was expected to heal and unite the nation, but his recent actions and speeches seem to be further dividing the nation.
The letter reads, “We wish to bring your attention to some acts of commission or omission of your administration, which, if not checked immediately may end up alienating a great majority of people in the South-east and South-south zones. “The recent action by this your barely two months old administration pronouncing the dissolution of the governing boards of the Federal Government’s parastatals and agencies singled out only one Chief Executive for outright dismissal and no reason was proffered. This particular chief executive is of the South-south extraction.
Also, when this dismissed chief executive handed over to an executive director who happens to come from the South-east zone in an acting capacity, the handing over was reversed a few days later following instructions from Abuja in favour of another executive director from the North East. “Mr. President in recent remark whilst being interviewed at the Institute of State for African Affairs in USA, in response to a question regarding the Niger Delta zone, the President said “the states that voted 97% will be treated differently from those that 5% for him” in other words, all Nigerians will not get equal treatment under this administration.
“Based on the last poll results, the people of the South-east and South-south zones respectively will of course be classified as those that voted for you. “Whilst delivering the keynote address at the special dinner organized in Mr. President’s honour by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Council of African to mark Mr. President Visit in US, the President singled out a prominent African entrepreneur of South-east, South-south extraction for public embarrassment.
“The president declared that the gentleman in question was not expected at the dinner and probably brought to the event by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) while another entrepreneur whom you acknowledged his presence was expected to be in attendance, being a relative of your key political ally. But unfortunately, the gentleman in question is the Chairman of a major African Banking Institution and also a member of the Corporate Council on African. “As demonstration of his patriotism, the gentleman in question was instrumental to the Banking being a Gold Category Sponsor of the dinner.
“Again, Mr. President’s comment on the CBN Governor’s purported role in the matter has also exacerbated the strong rumours making the rounds that the CBN boss, being of South-east South-south extraction, is being demonized as a forerunner for his orchestrated forced resignation as a “pay back” for the immediate past CBN governor’s suspension by the last administration. “The unabated threats to illegally remove senator Ike Ekweremadu as the elected deputy senate president.
We believe that Ekweremadu’s colleagues saw an opportunity to have a qualified candidate from the South-east South-south zone elected to the position to DSP in the overriding national interest taking into cognizance the current state of the nation.” The group however felicitated with the President and wished him well in his endeavour in various efforts to steer the ship of state in a principle and clear direction.
The group further congratulated the president on his recent successful State visit to the United States of America (USA) and expressed the hope that his visit would lead to greater mutually beneficial relationship between both countries. SESSPN is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) engaged in promoting good governance and rapid, sustainable, and inclusive development in the 11States of the south-east and south-south geopolitical zones of the Federation.
-Francis Moses writes on the recent open letter by South-East, South-South Professionals of Nigeria (SESSPN) to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation