End Southeast marginalisation now, Ohanaeze urges Tinubu


The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has stated that the marginalisation of the South-east geopolitical zone is real and called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to end it forthwith.

This was contained in statement Thursday by its President General, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who said it was in the interest of the zone to assist President Tinubu’s administration to succeed.

Iwuanyanwu said, “Any failure by Mr. President would be a calamity to Igbos who have made huge investments in many places in the country.”

He argued that the zone also expected the federal government to reciprocate the gesture by attending to some of the problems affecting the South-east.

Chief Iwuanyanwu also noted that the South-east did not begrudge the victory of President Tinubu at the 2023 presidential election arguing that when many parts of Nigeria were going on demonstration, Southeast did not join.

The Igbo leader thanked Tinubu for appointing Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of Naval Staff and the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi.

He also highlighted the various areas the South-east was marginalised, while calling on President Tinubu to with immediate effect end the marginalisation.

“Sometime in 2023, I reported the high level of marginalisation of Igbos to this forum of Southern and Middle Belt Leaders. This marginalisation is very clear.

“South-east is the only geo-political zone in Nigeria that has got only five states, whereas other zones have between six and seven states.

“48 ministers were appointed by Mr President. By law of federal character, South-east should have eight ministers, but we have only five ministers, while some other zones have up to 10.”

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