Senator Chris Ngige has quashed claims that his kinsmen, the Igbo people of the Southeast are marginalized in the present administration.
The Minister of Labour and Employment was speaking at Stakeholders meeting of the Association of Eze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and the FCT when he said this.
He noted that the Igbos have the same representation in the Buhari-led Federal Government just like every other group in Nigeria.
He said: “We are in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which is composed of a minister per state. But we have one extra ministerial slot. So, the South East is effectively represented to ensure justice is done to the region.”
“People can say that we are not honoured with appointments of Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Army Staff and Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF). These are positions we have enjoyed before in Nigeria.”
“Southeast produced two Inspectors-General of Police (IGPs), Ogbonnaya Onovo and Mike Okiro. We had an SGF, Senator Pius Anyim. We also produced four Senate Presidents. Twice we produced Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker, Ike Ekweremadu and Emeka Ihedioha respectively.”
“A lot of them don’t understand how government works. A lot of them don’t understand that I, as a member of FEC can influence things that will come to my State, my zone or any other area and where we think things should be sited or done in Nigeria,” he added.