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Buhari Needs Igbo To Succeed –Mbadiwe

Posted: May 19, 2015 at 6:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha  / Abuja


A MEMBER of the House of Representatives, Eddie Mbadiwe, has said that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari needs the Igbo to succeed in his new government.

Hon Mbadiwe in an interview with Daily Independent debunked as false earlier claims that Igbo do not need federal appointment to succeed in life, saying that it would be difficult for any government to succeed in Nigeria without the involvement of the Igbo in such government.

The lawmaker, who represents Ideato Federal Constituency of Imo State, explained that though an average Igboman believes in self survival, he still needs federal appointment to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

“You would recall that in my last interview I said Igbo should organize themselves to move forward. Obviously I did not say that Igbo do not need federal appointment. The Igbos indeed need federal appointment and more so by the Federal Character Act, all appointments have to be evenly distributed,” he noted.

On the argument that the South-East inability to vote substantially for APC would rob the zone of key appointments in Buhari’s cabinet, he explained that any responsible government would not compromise efficiency neither would it sacrifice efficiency on the altar of partisan politics.

“In any case after an election, any good government will put party aside and rule the nation. That is the way it is done in advance democracy because if you don’t do it, you find out that the nation cannot develop. We expect Buhari administration to treat the whole nation as his constituency,” Mbadiwe noted.
Again on the application of the winner takes all as practice in the country, the lawmaker remarked,” the problem I have with our government is the word “sharing;” there is nothing like sharing in governance, what matters is putting people who can do the job.

As far I am concerned, if I was the President, I would look for credible hands that can do the job it doesn’t matter where the person comes from, it doesn’t matter which party as long as he has allegiance to the country. That is the way I would suggest to the government to move forward. It doesn’t mean you will not compensate people who are in your party, no! But that will not be the driving force.”