President Muhammadu Buhari Says He Has Nothing Against Igbos
President Muhammadu Buhari will try his best to prove Igbos that he has nothing against them and will not overlook them in the sharing of the dividends of democracy.
The President has been accused of not factoring in the South-East in his initial appointments of media aides and service chiefs, with a private radio on Wednesday accusing him of expressing anti-Igbo sentiments in a recent BBC Hausa Service interview, a claim the president has refuted.
A statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the claim was “completely false, malicious and slanderous” because the voice being ascribed to President Buhari in the recording repeatedly played back by the station was definitely not the President’s voice and the last interview the President had with the BBC Hausa Service, lasting not more than five minutes, was on the day he was declared winner and given his certificate of return as President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“President Buhari is the President of all Nigerians and will continue to treat all citizens on the basis of fairness, equality and equity,” Shehu said.
Speaking on the issue, a Vanguard source, who is part of the efforts to actualise Buhari’s change agenda, said: “The president is out to Ndigbo that he does not hate them. Remember, he ran with late Dr Chuba Okadigbo and Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke for the presidency in 2003 and 2007. Now, he has agreed to be part of the burial of Owelle Chukwuma Azikiwe, the first son of Nigeria’s first President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
“Besides, he has directed a committee, which has former Senator Chris Ngige and some Igbo leaders as members to assess the Zik’s mausoleum and speed up the reconstruction of the historic site,” the source said.