The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted the latest postings of police commissioners across the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, lamenting that only two of its sons were made commissioners of police, CPs, whereas some zones produced seven.
It further stated that the only two Igbo CPs were sent to war-torn Zamfara and Borno states as it recalled that Buhari insulted Ndigbo by saying in Anambra State that his postings were based on merit “and that is why the South East zone is completely absent in the security apparatchiks of the country”.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, stated this in a statement issued Thursday where he accused Buhari of pushing further his hatred for the Igbo and urged his kinsmen to make the most of the February 16 election by voting wisely.
Newsworth recalls that the Ohanaeze recently endorsed the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar who is the main challenger of Buhari in the fast approaching election.
Nwodo’s statement read: “The current postings by the Police Service Commission, PSC, has once more vindicated the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide on the mindless victimisation and marginalization of Ndigbo by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
“A cursory look at the list of the newly-posted Commissioners of Police to States throughout the country indicates the obvious lopsidedness in both the number of Ndigbo affected and their states of posting.
“The whole of the seven Igbo-speaking states in the country has only two Commissioners of Police while some single states have two or more and some geopolitical zones more than six or seven.”
Revealing how Buhari insulted Ndigbo when his campaign train landed in Anambra State
by saying that his postings were based on merit, Nwodo said, “In other words, no Igbo man or woman is intelligent or brilliant enough or has his confidence to head any of the security apparatus of Nigeria, and to butress his point, only two Igbo officers are “meritorious” to be appointed Commissioners of Police in charge of States.
“To further rub it in,the only two are posted to the most hazardous war-torn areas of the north –Zamfara and Borno States.
“It is worthy to note that Ndigbo have always formed the majority of soldiers posted to these war zones and have paid their dues including producing a worthy General Officer Commanding troops and who distinguished himself there.
“What have Ndigbo done to this administration to deserve this illtreatment? The Nigeria/Biafra War ended nearly fifty years ago.Why the continued marginalization?
“This kind of discrimination should not be lost on Ndigbo,especially at this period of reckoning and payback.
“It would be remembered that two brilliant Deputy Inspectors General of Police were recently retired by this administration to pave way for the appointment of the current Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
“If Mr president loves Ndigbo as he is canvassing, why didn’t he try to balance the glaring absence of Ndigbo at a table where the security of this country is decided?
“Ndigbo shine your eyes! Shine your eyes and vote wisely.”