An Igbo group, Conference of Igbo Professionals Worldwide (CIPW), has written a letter of complaint to President Muhammadu Buhari, to protest the promotion of only one police officer in the South East.
Amongst many things, the letter the Group lamented general marginalisation of the Igbos as it is evident in lopsided appointments and recruitments so far made by the present Administration.
The group, in its letter, called for more inclusion of the Igbo people in government.
This is coming after the Police Service Commission, on Friday, promoted three Assistant Inspectors General of Police and one Commissioner to Deputy Inspectors General of Police during its 10th plenary meeting.
The letter which was signed by the National President Prof. Patrick Kalu and the Secretary, Dr. Uche Mbaka, was dated 26th December.
“We wish to kindly draw your attention to the recent appointments made in the Nigeria Police Force by the Police Service Commission (PSC), under the chairmanship of the retired former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith,” the group’s letter said.
“Recall that the Police Service Commission on Friday, December 18,2020,rose from its 10th plenary meeting with the promotion of 37 senior police officers to their next ranks.”
“This action by the commission is highly commendable given that it would boost the morale of officers and men of the Force to serve their fatherland diligently and meritoriously.”
“However, we are constrained to point out that the exercise which ordinarily would have been effected in line with the country’s policy of equity and fairness, was regrettably skewed towards some regions at the detriment of the South East.”
“For instance, as observed by us,out of the figure mentioned earlier, the North West was apportioned 12 slots just as the North East was given 8 slots.”
“The South West on the other had, got 7 while the South South got 5 in that order. The North Central geopolitical region was given 4 slots. We regret to say here that unlike the zones mentioned, the South East region only got 1 slot.”
“This, to us, is the height of the ongoing desperate efforts of the current federal administration to completely alienate the Igbo race in the Nigeria project. This provocative action is condemnable and unacceptable to us.”
The group told the President that, “The PSC may have drawn its inspiration to carry out this wicked action against Ndigbo from what has been in place since the emergence of your administration.”
“These infractions included lopsided appointment of security chiefs; infrastructure deficit including roads, railway, and seaports; unfavourable allocations from the federal government; and concentration of interventions of development partners in other regions.
“Others are exclusion from commanding heights of the nation’s economy; delay in the passage of South East Development Commission Bill and flying the kite of the 2023 presidency. We call on you sir, to address the principle of federal character in the distribution of public resources and appointive positions, especially security chiefs.“
“Also, we appeal to the National Assembly to immediately step in with a view to stopping these unfair treatments of Ndigbo in Nigeria. This it can do by first of all set up a committee to investigate the reason for these actions by the government.”
According to the group, “Addressing the lopsided appointments of security chiefs is paramount due to increasing insecurity in the South East region. We are threatened that given the current security architecture, a decision may be taken one day to eliminate all Igbo without their knowledge due to lack of representation,” it said.