Whither Igbo nation?
Whither Igbo nation? This was my question after reading the development in the news like every other person. Not even one Igbo son or daughter was considered competent or loyal by President Buhari.
This is certainly not the best time to be born Igbo, but like the children of the Most High God; we will prevail. The million-dollar question is: where is the unity President Buhari told us that were not negotiable in his speech? From this anti-Igbo appointment, I can deduce that what Buhari meant in his presidential broadcast, was that the continuous domination of his kindred in Nigeria, was not negotiable. Is this the type of unity President Buhari claimed that he ‘discussed and settled’ with Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003? Wonders shall never end!
Here is the new appointment in NNPC; Names of those newly appointed as managers in NNPC are as follows; (August 2017)
North: Malami Shehu – MD Port Harcourt Refining Company; Muhammed Abah – MD Warri Refinery; Umar Ajiya – MD of NPMC; Bala Wunti – GGM CP&S; Usman Yusuf – GMD STA. (Tech); Ahmadu-Katagum – GGM Shipping (Downstream); Kallamu Abdullahi – GGM Renewable Energy Division; Shaibu Musa – MD NNPC Medical Services Limited; Ibrahim Birma – GGM Governance, Risk & Compliance Division and Farouk Ahmed – MD Product Mkg – Retiring.
Southwest: Adewale Ladenegan – MD Kaduna Refinery; Adeyemi Adetunji – MD NNPC Retail and Bola Afolabi – GGM Research & Development.
South South: Roland Ewubare – Group General Manager and Diepriye Tariah – MD of IDSL.
Southeast: 0. The South-East is told to do its worse!
The Niger Delta region, the goose that lays the golden eggs of crude oil was compensated with two non-strategic cum inconsequential positions. It’s now official that the new definition of NNPC is Northern Nigeria Petroleum Corporation and not Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
This article is not for the consumption of President Buhari, but for every Igbo, who had in the past, advertently or inadvertently attacked Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, and other freedom fighters in Igbo land, for the sake of non-existent one Nigeria. The implication of this development is that Igbo nation will not have any representative in the management staff cadre of NNPC for the duration those appointments will last. Mind you, there is no drop of crude oil in the North but her sons and daughters call the shots in the affairs of Nigeria’s highest revenue-generating agency. Woe betides any applicant of Igbo origin who is dreaming to secure a job or contract in the NNPC under the structured management of the corporation. It is quite obvious that the Igbo’s have no place in Nigeria.
Ofodile Chinweike writes from Lagos