Abuja - A chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Osita Okechukwu, on Thursday assured that
President Muhammadu Buhari would not neglect the Igbos in appointments.
Okechukwu, who is the spokesman of the party in the South-East, gave the
assurance in an interaction with journalists in Abuja.
He said that the president still had more than 500 appointments to make and
that the Igbos would be carried along fully.
He said the appointments made so far were based solely on professional
competence, but expressed confidence that Igbos won't miss out in Buhari's
''My message for my people is that in the next one or two years, they will have
nothing to complain about because the Federal Government of Nigeria is a big
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''He has more than 500 appointments to be made and the juicy ones are also
there, and even the sensitive ones are also there; we cannot miss out,'' he
The spokesman urged the people to be patient as the government had just spent
one month out of its 48-month mandate.
''My people from the South-East are complaining over the appointments made so
far; yes, that's a valid argument but the arguments could be accessed on two
''One, the president has 48 months mandate; he has just completed one or two
which falls below five per cent of the mandate he was given.
''On the other hand, he has over five hundred appointments
to be made no matter the delay, to be made between now and December or by this
time next year.
''I personally feel it is very much on the side of impatience to assess the
president with less than 30 appointments, because there are other crucial
appointments still waiting,'' he said.
He explained that the appointment of service chiefs should not be politicised,
considering the current level of insecurity in the country.
He expressed confidence in the president's disposition to fairness.
''I do not see President Muhammadu Buhari whom I have worked with for over 12
years neglecting or trying to breach that area of the Constitution that says
appointments must reflect federal character,'' he said.