…demand office of SGF
By Anayo Okoli
A COALITION of some Igbo groups has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to use his second term in office to complete all the ongoing road projects in the South East and initiate more as a way of disproving the belief that he hates Ndigbo.
The groups which included World Igbo Youth Council, Southeast Women Professionals and Igbo Students’ Movement, however, commended Buhari for the increased pace of work on the federal roads in the South East, particularly the Enugu/PH Express Road and Onitsha/Enugu Express Road and called for their early completion.
The groups which visited the deputy national chairman of All Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Forum, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro in Umuahia, also urged President Buhari not to listen to comments by some Igbo leaders who did not support him, saying that as the father of the nation, not everybody must support him.
The coalition also congratulated the governors-elect in the South-East and advised them to support and collaborate with President Buhari to bring more development to the zone.
The group told them that elections are over and irrespective different political platforms, they should now focus on the provision of good governance to the people.
The coalition also called on the President to appoint an Igbo person into the office of Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF, as well as Deputy Senate President. They also suggested that the Senate President should go to North East.
According to them, with the ecological funds attached to the office of the SGF, the problems of erosion devastating Abia, Enugu, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states would be tackled adequately.
In his response, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro lauded them for the visit and said that Ethnic Youth Leaders Forum is grateful to South East Governors and Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Barr Uche Okwukwu for ensuring that Ndigbo continues to support Buhari and hoped that the support would bring reasonable dividends of democracy to Igbo land.
“We expect that the Presidency should ensure that 2nd Niger Bridge is completed and revamp the Enugu Coal Mine which has been closed for over 46 years as well as all the federal roads being worked on.”
He assured them that his group would collaborate with coalition and other Nigerians to ensure that Igbo Presidency Project 2023 is actualized and foster unity among Nigerians.
He called on Igbo leaders to realize that politics is over and work together again as brothers irrespective of political leaning and not to criticize the President unobjectively.
Those who led the delegation of the coalition of Igbo groups are President of World Igbo Youth council, Mazi Alex Okemiri, President of South East Women Professionals, Mrs. Helen Ogbonna and Chidera Uduma Chidi Igbo of Students’ Movement.