Politics Why Buhari Must Replace SGF Lawal With an Igbo Man - Igbo Leaders



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Southeast leaders have called on President Muhammadu Buahri to replace the suspended Secretary General to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, with an Igbo man.

According to front-line Igbo leader and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Buhari should do this to eradicate the general feeling that the Igbos have been marginalized.

“If you look at the whole thing that they are doing, it appears as if people don’t exist in the South East," he said.

“We have people who are qualified to hold this position in the APC. They should look at our people in the APC and appoint one of them.”

Ex Anambra governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, echoed his thoughts.

“Nigeria has six principal protocol offices. The North West has the President; the South West has the Vice-President; the Senate President is from the North Central; so are other zones except the South East.

“Our constitution prescribes federal character, but the South East zone is conspicuously absent, blatantly removed from these positions. The position should automatically come to the South East.”

“Usually, anyone who should be the SGF is effectively someone who knows where the switches in government are, so that if anybody switches on, he switches off.

“That was why, in the past, it was only retired permanent secretaries that qualified to be made SGF. Somebody who has worked as a governor is also qualified because he has worked with so many permanent secretaries.”

He however added that the Ohanaeze will not lobby the presidency for the position to come to the southeast.


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