Service chiefs: Nwodo thanks Buhari for Igbo snub

Chief Nnia Nwodo, former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

By Abankula

Chief Nnia Nwodo, former Ohanaeze president has sarcastically stung President Buhari with a ‘thank you’ message for snubbing the Igbo bloc in appointing new service chiefs.

President Buhari after many months of public pressure sacked Service Chiefs and immediately replaced them with new ones.

Appointed are Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral AZ Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

There was no appointee from the five eastern states.

According to Vanguard, Nwodo, in a terse reaction to the announcement, said: “Gen Buhari, thanks for making us in Igboland feel, once more, that we are not fit to head any of the Security services.”

Presidential adviser, Femi Adesina in an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday defended President Buhari’s action.

He said security appointments need not satisfy the Federal character principle enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

“There are certain appointments that are subject to federal character, for instance, the constitution says that there must be a minister from each state of the country but there are certain appointments that are also not subject to federal character and one of them is in the security,” he said.

“In security, they are not subject to Federal Character. It is about competence; it is about the ability to deliver.

“So, the president will appoint whoever he feels is fit and proper and will deliver to the best level for the country and for Nigerians”.


    1. Yes it has consequences but that doesn’t.mean you must be a nepotistic in everything and parochial especially when you need to build or rebuild a very fractured nation. Clearly Buhari is not a statesman. Someday someone else will be the president and he will favour only his chosen people and you wonder why the country is not progressing. Very pathetic

  1. Nwodo led the group that snubbed and disrespected Buhari when he visited Anambra state to commission abandoned Zik mausoleum. He and majority of his people use every opportunity to ridicule him and reject his overtures including his construction of long abadoned Niger bridge and East west road. It will be foolish of the President to give his top security job to people that have made up their mind to see him as an enemy from day one in office. Most of Igbo people actions and comments about him are motivated by hatred. How many times has Nwodo express support for any policy of this administration or nothing good in all the policies? Nwodo should keep shut. Because he was the head of Ohaneze that issued public statements that Nndigbo would not vote for Buhari and APC in the last two general elections.

    1. Yet it is the north and the south west that Boko Haram and Herdsmen are terrorizing. What is your point ?. All the SW Governors went to beg and negotiate with MACBAN. Fela and Tai Solarin will be turning in their graves. Shameful. You can be uptight irrespective of your political leanings.

  2. This guy Nwodo, will spoil Igbo chance for 2023. Instead of using diplomacy to position themselves for 2023 he is looking for faults. Dont let us speak of igbo support for Buhari, or how could you put people that did not support you for you security apparatus?
    You can see wise igbo people now aligning with APC to position themselves properly for 2023.
    Nwodo wants to reap where he has no sow. Igbo 90% voted for Atiku and now wanted Buhari to put them amongst his security chiefs. They should be content with other political appointments but now focus on 2023. They need to do their calculations well this time around.

    1. To show contempt and disrespect he called him General Buhari. That is to show that some lgbo leaders are yet to learn lesson of Nigerian politics , diplomacy and lobbying. Let him continue to insult Mr. President, he will soon compensate them for act of disrespectful.

  3. He said the truth. So only south east does not have qualified person in army to be head of services chiefs? There is need to at least pretend to be fair. It is not a must that it has to be so open to the region.
    I see nothing wrong in making it look balanced.
    All well said, let these new appointment deliver to the security we need. That’s the main issue.
    Congrats to those who are now up.

    1. You insult elders with pride and so shall they insult you and your father. There would have been so many subtle ways to drive home your point.

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