President Muhammadu Buhari ably
represented by the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita
Okechukwu, has disclosed that the Igbos have not been fair to him.
Okechukwu added that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo
did not reply to a congratulatory letter written to the Association by
Buhari, after the election of its current National Executive Committee.
Okechukwu’s disclosure followed the
outrage expressed by Ohanaeze over Buhari’s 57th Independence
Anniversary speech, in which he took a swipe at Igbo leaders, due to the
agitation for Biafra in the South-East.
Reacting to the
President’s speech, Ohanaeze, through its National Publicity Secretary,
Prince Uche Okpaga, had said the agitation should be blamed on Buhari’s
actions, rather than on Igbo leaders.
However, speaking on Monday, VON DG, Okechukwu, suggested that the leadership of Ohanaeze has been hostile to Buhari.
He noted that the President General of
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, did not reply a letter written by
Buhari to congratulate him, after he was elected as Leader of the apex
socio-political body of the IgboS.
“Ask my big brother, Chief Nnia Nwodo,
President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, whether he replied the profound
congratulatory letter President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to him
immediately he was elected before he joined (Leader of the Indigenous
People of Biafra) Nnamdi Kanu?
“The same Buhari wrote a letter on 7th
November, 2014, to the then President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, calling
for dialogue before the (2015) election. It was never replied”,
He noted that the perceived
marginalisation of the Igbos in the President’s appointments, over which
Ohanaeze had raised concerns, would be resolved with time.
“Appointments are transient and
temporary, and in no distance time, Mr. President will rectify it. One
understands that some Service Chiefs are heading to retirement, let us
wait and see”, the VON boss said.
However, he also noted that Ohanaeze was not doing enough to attract investment to the South-East.
In the same vein, he urged Igbo Leaders to support Buhari to revamp physical and social infrastructure in the zone.