The apex socio-political organization for the Igbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has appealed to President Muhammedu Buhari to revisit the recent reorganization at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the interest of peace, unity and good governance.
In a statement by its President-General, Chief John Nwodo, in Abuja on Sunday, Ohanaeze decried the consistent and unrepentant display of disdain for the South-East by the present administration as displayed in the recent reorganization at the NNPC where the North was clearly favoured the North with the South-East totally ignored,.
The apex body said it had thought that after the President’s declaration, in a broadcast recently, that Nigeria unity had been settled and not negotiable, that he would take all necessary actions to achieve pronouncement, lamenting that the recent NNPC shakeup had not shown that the administration was walking its talk.
The former minister of information noted that there is no oil well anywhere in northern Nigeria, and that four of the five states in the South-East have proven oil resources, some of which provide the nation’s revenue. He lamented that despite this, Igbos are not found fit to be adequately represented in a key corporate institution like the NNPC.
The NNPC had, on Tuesday, announced the reorganisation of its management staff in a major shakeup that affected fifty-five top managers. But in its reaction on Sunday, the NNPC debunked the position of the Ohanaeze, arguing that the recent appointments at the national oil corporation cut across all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.