Support Ohanaeze Ndigbo, reject the promotion of a single S / East officer
Alleges that Nigeria is unfair to the region regarding recruitment, appointments, project location, other
By Joseph Erunke
A group of professionals from the Southeast has lamented the recent promotions carried out by the Police Service Commission (PSC), claiming that the area was once again treated unfavorably.
The group sponsored by the Conference of Igbo Professionals Worldwide, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, argued that as in past hiring, appointments, promotions and resource allocation, the region was denied its rightful place in the exercise performed. by the Commission.
In the letter dated December 26, 2020 and entitled Ndigbo’s unfair treatment and urgent need to correct mistakes by the president, the group alleged that from the recent promotion of senior police officers, the southeast received a space while some regions obtained more than 12 spaces.
The letter signed by the group’s national president, Professor Patrick Kalu and the national secretary, Dr. Uche Mbaka, respectively, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to not only establish a panel with a view to unraveling the circumstances that lead to an unfair treatment of Carrera Igbo in the country but also review the recent promotions of the police commission.
Listen: ”We wish to draw your attention to the recent appointments made to the Nigerian Police Force by the Police Service Commission (PSC), under the chairmanship of retired former Police Inspector General, Musiliu Smith.
“Let us recall that the Police Service Commission on Friday, December 18, 2020, rose from its tenth plenary session with the promotion of 37 senior police officers to its next ranks. This action by the commission is highly commendable given that it would raise the morale of the officers and men of the Force to serve their country with diligence and merit.
“However, we are obliged to point out that the exercise that would normally have been carried out in accordance with the country’s fairness and justice policy, unfortunately leaned towards some regions to the detriment of the Southeast.
“For example, as we observed, of the figure mentioned above, the northwest was assigned 12 spaces, as well as the northeast was assigned 8 spaces. The Southwest on the other had 7, while the South from the South had 5 in that order. The geopolitical region of the North Central received 4 spaces. We regret to say here that unlike the mentioned zones, the southeast region only has 1 slot.
“This, for us, is the height of the ongoing desperate efforts by the current federal administration to completely alienate the Igbo race in the Nigeria project. This provocative action is reprehensible and unacceptable to us. “
The group told the president that “the PSC may have been inspired to carry out this perverse action against Ndigbo from what has been in effect since the emergence of his administration.”
Listing the areas in which the Igbos were being marginalized in the nation’s scheme of things, the group insisted that the president must take urgent action to “correct the mistakes.”
“These infractions included the unequal appointment of security chiefs; infrastructure deficits, including roads, railways, and seaports; unfavorable allocations from the federal government; and concentration of development partner interventions in other regions.
Others are the exclusion of the dominant heights of the nation’s economy; delay in passing the bill of the Southeast Development Commission and flying the kite of the presidency of 2023.
“We call on you, sir, to address the principle of a federal nature in the distribution of public resources and appointment positions, especially security chiefs.
Furthermore, we call on the National Assembly to intervene immediately with a view to stopping these unfair treatment of Ndigbo in Nigeria. You can do this first of all by setting up a committee to investigate the motive for these actions by the government. “
According to the group, “addressing the unequal appointments of security chiefs is paramount due to increasing insecurity in the southeast region.”
“We are threatened that, given the current security architecture, a decision may one day be made to remove all Igbo without their knowledge due to lack of representation,” he said.
Going further, the group said: “Unfair treatment against us has continued to increase day by day. We ask you, sir, to rewrite the mistakes made against the Igbo ethnic nationality by your administration. “
“Like our mother sociocultural body, Ohaneze Ndigbo had observed on the performance of the Police Service Commission on the recent appointments in the Police, we hasten to condemn this repeated denial of people of Igbo extraction in the great appointments in his whole. We believe this is not fair to a region that is at the forefront of Nigerian unity, ”he added.
He regretted that: “Due to the widespread allegations and reports of exclusion of Southeastern citizens from several important federal appointments, including senior security appointments since the emergence of his government, we hoped that certain measures could have been taken to correct the mistakes of the past. taken for now. “
“Since you and your party, the Congress of All Progressives (APC) have consistently denied hatred of Igbo, we urge you to take certain actions aimed at convincing us that we have a place in the Nigerian project similar to other regions.” he told the president.
“We have unwavering faith in the Nigerian project and we are convinced that we are given the same attention as others when it comes to federal appointment issues. We deserve a better life and fair treatment from our own country, “he said.
He instructed the president to take measures that could exhaust the ranks of Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters, who he alleged were brainwashing young people in the area into joining in his ignominious activities, using the alleged unfair treatment of the race. igbo.
“We recently observed that our fugitive son and founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was capitalizing on these unfair deals by Ndigbo in Nigeria to gain attention. He managed to recruit a reasonable number of followers using some of these indices mentioned above to convince them.
“We stand up vehemently against this act of Mr. Kanu and ask our young people to denounce him and his activities. This has been worth it, as their ranks are draining considerably.
“We ask you, sir, to take measures aimed at not giving credit to ignominious activities of this nature by stopping all actions that can fuel ethnic and religious fanaticism in the country. You were elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not of any tribe or religion, ”he said.
Furthermore, it read: “In the spirit of fair play, fairness and justice, the Worldwide Igbo Professionals Conference requests you, sir, to order a review of the recent police promotion exercise with a view to correcting the observed imbalance. at”.