The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Sunday, May 23, implored President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the late Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru with any officer of his choice from the South-East geo-political zone.
According to Ohanaeze, this is necessary in the spirit of national character while focusing on competence and nationalism.
A press statement issued by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo faction noted that “We are not lobbying for a southeast officer as an alternative of the late COAS but we are drawing the attention of President Buhari to evaluate the privilege of being unpredictable and reversing the wrong suspicions that he is biased against southern Nigeria leading the Army.
“Every geo-political zone should be represented in the Security Council to boast national reintegration and restoration of confidence amongst other Nigerians. Mr President belongs to nobody but everyone, the change of body language of President will energize every Nigerian to partake in the fight against insurgency and insecurity challenges facing the country.”
Ohanaeze explained that they were convinced that a southeasterner breeds the magic wands to disassemble all the unpatriotic coalitions reaping the considerable budgetary allocation mapped out for security purposes.
“We are unmistakable that if President Buhari is determined to end up the insecurity challenges confronting the nation; he should break the spell and terrify those immoral elements pressurizing him to undermine the south; and re-appoint another northerner for COAS, but definitely. The promising direction to re-assert himself as the people’s President is for Mr. President to ordain a Southern COAS”.
Meanwhile, Political Economist Pat Utomi has called for a special training school for Nigerian politicians; to deepen their understanding of public service choices.
Utomi made this call on Sunday, May 23, during his speech at Nigeria History Series with a focus on oil and gas; while calling for periodic review of various government policies to drive Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
He emphasised that the country was hugely performing below its potential; despite being blessed with human and natural resources.
“The country’s situation is as a result of the choices we made over time. We need a special school that brings in leaders of industry; stakeholders together with a special focus for those vying for public life; to enable them to understand the consequences of the leadership choices they make in managing our collective destinies. Oby Ezekwesili has been doing something great in that regard; and she needs all our support,” Utomi said.