The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Thursday said it would not beg the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, for appointments of Igbo into his government.
It said issues of appointments were constitutional obligations that every President of Nigeria, irrespective of the voting pattern of a people in an election, must comply with.
It flayed the move by certain elders, who claimed to be representing the Igbo, who allegedly went to Buhari to beg for appointments for Ndigbo in his government.
The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Dr. Chris Eluomunoh, who spoke as the chairman of state presidents’ forum of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising seven Igbo speaking states, stated this at a press conference in Awka, Anambra State.
According to Eluomunoh, the Igbo nation was an integral part of Nigeria and must get their due share in the country as a matter of right.
The group maintained that the Igbo had no regrets voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in the just concluded general elections, stressing that the circumstance of the time made the voting pattern necessary.
“We didn’t vote for Jonathan because we didn’t like Buhari. The circumstance of the moment made our voting proper, and we don’t regret it.
“Nobody can intimidate the Igbo because of the way we voted in that election; neither shall we beg anybody for appointments because we didn’t vote for him.
“Every zoning arrangement for appointments in this country must include the Igbo. So those who called themselves Ohanaeze elders, who went to beg for appointments for Ndigbo, were on their own. They are not speaking for us.
“Ohanaeze is not partisan. At the appropriate time, we shall meet with the President-elect to chart a course for the country”.