Former Anambra State Governor and Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige , has said Igbos are to blame for not getting sensitive appointments.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that Chris Ngige said Igbos have in the past had opportunities that they never used to better the lot of Igbo people.
Chris Ngige said this on Monday while speaking at a function in Anambra State. He urged Igbos to shift their blame to successive representatives who have occupied positions of authority like Inspector General of Police, Secretary to the Government of the Federation but never used it to position Igbos .
“I am not saying that giving sensitive positions to Igbo under Buhari regime is not good. I am saying that Igbo people have held sensitive positions such as the Inspector General of Police, Secretary to the Federal Government, Finance and Economic Planning Minister, etc, but did not use the positions for the welfare of Igbo nation.
Igbo should be very careful over the insinuations they make, because, such insinuations are capable of causing disaffections among the Nigerian people. Igbo people in Diaspora are angry with Nigeria because of the kind of comments emanating from the South East over Buhari’s appointments. It is not true there is no Igboman among the service chiefs. The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Onyenucheya is an Igbo. Chibuike Amaechi is an Igbo. It is not even proper to tell our brothers from the South South that they are not Igbo people. They fought on the side of the Igbo during the civil war, and they suffered casualties. Today, we are telling them they are not Igbo. It is not good.” he said
Chris Ngige revealed that the South East region was not included in the proposed rail development designed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. He said it was in collaboration with Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi presentation was made to Buhari to include region of Igbos.
Chris Ngige also said three Igbos have been Aviation Minister but they never fixed Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Speaking on the Nigeria Police, Ngige said ;
“The South East gets only six police commissioners; South West got about 62; North East got about 35, and so on. Our people were crying foul; I reminded them that there were times Igbo were IGPs, but would not use their positions to make succession plans for Igbo people.
We shout marginalization every day, but we were the people that marginalised ourselves in many ways. We’re blaming President Buhari for not appointing our people as service chiefs, but we fail to understand that appointment of people from the ranks of CPs to the AIGs are on seniority basis; but there is no Igboman on the seniority line. Out of the about 35 AIGs we have in the Nigeria Police Force today, there is no single Igboman there. It is a product of our past mistakes. Our people failed to make the succession plans.”