The President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and former minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has slammed the Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi over his admonition of the Igbo nation to support President Buhari reelection bid to make way for the Igbo presidency.
He said that Amaechi could not convince the Igbos why they should join the ban wagon of the support for President’s reelection in the face of rampant killings across the federation by Fulani herdsmen without arrest or prosecution of these killers.
Nwodo who expressed this view at the 12th convocation lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State also reiterated the position of the Igbo nation on restructuring of Nigeria.
While appealing to the minister of Transport to see reasons why the abandoned property legislation in River state needs to be repealed, Nwodo added that the trouble with Nigeria was ethnic suspicion and fear of marginalisation.
He said Nigeria was not run as a federation, stressing that pockets of marginalisation agitations were still being meted out to the Igbo.
His words, “I am yet to see a federation in the world in which the security apparatus is domiciled in one section of the country. Doing so has not also solved the security problems of the country.
“Our country is in a state of war, with no one declaring it. I refuse to agree with you (Amaechi) that people should join a federal movement as you said. If our constitution is not revisited for people to live and feel safe, then we are wasting our time.”
Earlier in his lecture titled “The Igbo in the politics of Nigeria.” the Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, said the Igbo cannot become the president of Nigeria without the support for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
He argued that the best thing the Igbo would do was to rally round Buhari’s re-election bid to facilitate the Igbo presidency, saying that to win presidency of the country require a hand shake across ethnic divide.
The former governor who was the guest lecturer called on the Igbo to vote for President Buhari’s second term as a way of giving him the chance to serve out the term of the North and make way for the Igbo.
“You (Igbo) did not vote for Buhari in 2015, true or false? You voted for the PDP and what did they do for you? The PDP abandoned the Enugu-Onitsha expressway since 1999, but Buhari is working on it with dispatch, true or false?
“Buhari is working on the second Niger Bridge; he is working on the Otuocha-Ibaji-Abuja Road; he is working on the Abakaliki-Onueke Road; he is working on the Oji-Achi-Nmaku Road in Enugu State; he is working on the Ozalla-Akpugo-Amagunze Road. He is also working on Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road.
“Under Buhari, all major cities of the South-East are captured in the existing railway project. Name one government that has done up to this within two years. Our problem is that we are just being emotional.”
Amaechi said that part of the solutions to Igbo problem in Nigeria was for the Igbo to move into a national political party after the disappointments they had encountered in sectional parties.
He described the PDP and the All Progressives Grand Alliance as regional parties that would not take the Igbo anywhere.