Ohanaeze Threatens Court Action Over Alleged Lopsided Appointments

Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has threatened to drag the Federal Government to court over alleged lopsided nature of appointments so far made by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, issued the threat at a press briefing after the fourth executive meeting of his leadership at the national secretariat of the body in Enugu on Tuesday.

Nwodo noted that President Buhari has been unfair to the zone, stressing that federal character principle has been jettisoned in favour of a geo-political zone.

The president general also described the bail conditions granted the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as “celebrated example of judicial rascality”.

He disclosed that Ohanaeze constituted a committee of Senior Advocates of Nigeria of Igbo speaking states to initiate an action against the Federal Government on the issue of federal appointments made by Buhari.

“We have instructed the legal adviser of Ohanaeze to write relevant agencies of the Federal Government under the freedom of information act to confirm or deny these statistics.

“As an instance, very disturbing is the brazen and illegal termination of the chief executive of PENCOM in complete violation of the rules of her engagement and statute governing appointment into that organisation – simply perhaps because she is from the South East”, Nwodo said.

Decrying the bail conditions granted Nnamdi Kalu, he maintained that the attitude of the Federal Government “to our children who have become completely fed up with Nigeria experiment makes Biafra increasingly inevitable”.

He chided northern leaders who in a meeting in Abuja recently distanced themselves from the conclusions of the 2014 constitutional conference, saying such attitude “is unpatriotic, inciting and capable of whipping divisive tendencies in our polity.”

Nwodo stated that should the claim of “underrepresentation for rejecting any constitution or constitutional proposals, Ohanaeze is now serving a notice that if the Northern position is taken seriously we also plead to be excused from the 1979 and 1999 constitutions which were prepared by military governments dominated by Northern military officers in which officers from Ohanaeze states had only token representation.”

He insisted that there was need for restructuring of the polity to give the various zones equal sense of belonging, stressing that it would fast track development.