Ex-NWC member, Anyanwu frowns outbursts trailing purported exclusion of Igbo nation in Tinubu’s transition committee lists
By Chijindu Emeruwa
A 2-time national officer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), High Chief Nduka Anyanwu, has said the new President-elect of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the APC will continue to maintain the tempo in including the igbo ethnic-nationality in governance of the country.
He decried the recent exchange of political brickbats by political actors, political parties, and socio-cultural, and as well as political organizations in Nigeria which were necessitated by the recent lists of composition of the transition committee by Tinubu, ahead of his formal inauguration on May 29th, 2023 in Abuja.
The southeast party stalwart defended the president-elect is not known for having penchant for religious bigotry, nor harbours a flair for ethnic marginalization, and insisted the administration of the governing APC has always involved notable numbers of igbo sons and daughters who have continued to make the successive government and the country proud, both at home and diaspora, visually in all critical facets of the nation’s economic development.
Anyanwu, who also doubled as the current chairman of Governing Board Council of Administrative Staffs College of Nigeria. (ASCN), maintained the continued outbursts by major and active opposition leaders from southeast region, over alleged non-inclusion of a member from igbo ethnic-nationality in the composition of the transition committee by the President-elect of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu ahead of the forthcoming inaugural event slated this month was unnecessary, as the present trend is aimed to score cheap and selfish political points by those he described as “serial election losers” who had refused to accept defeat and also bent to unjustifiably pitch common countrymen and women in southeast against the soon-to-be inaugurated democratically-elected government of the All Progressive Congress in Nigeria.
He noted the current undemocratic tendencies by the opposition parties is tilted to stop the nation’s new president-elect from presiding the affairs of the country which was unanimously entrusted to him by large population of Nigerian electorates.
The former 2023 house of representatives aspirant of the All Progressives Congress for Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency seat of Abia state, confided the administration of the progressive party would not shed away or sideline any ethnic-nationalities in formulation and implementation of critical policies and programmes which are geared to consolidate on the ready-made strides by the outgoing President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and as well also, engender more building of critical infrastructure towards deepening and raising the present standard of improvements in human livelihoods, and the nation’s economic development.
Anyanwu recounted earlier before current unfolding development in Nigeria political terrain in respect to recent outcome of the just-concluded 2023 presidential election in Nigeria by the national electoral commission, insisted that APC administration has for the past eight years it ascended the revered mantle of leadership of the most populous black nation in the globe, according to world map, and also added that the present federal government has been able to build good numbers of major road Infrastructure in the southeast; and ensured several appointment of Ndigbo in juicy and sensitive positions in federal ministries, departments, agencies, and federal board councils as chairmen and members.
The party chieftain partly stated: “the APC administration has dredged and reconstructed second Niger bridge. It has also been able to complement positive efforts of government of APC and guaranteed several of its approvals for siting of airports in southeast of igbo bloc, such as, the ongoing building of a cargo airport in Ebonyi state by the outgoing administration of Governor Dave Umahi, and the new senator-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The APC government has facilitated and allotted many incentives, stipends, loans and grants to indigent igbo indigenes, almost all igbo-speaking states in the country. It has equally fostered positive growths and promotion of small and medium scale business enterprises (SMEs), which had turned many igbo sons, daughters, and Nigerian citizens to business owners especially in the area of local production and manufacturing of goods/products. Because of want of time, i would have still liked to go ahead to point out more laudable developmental strides recorded by the federal government controlled by the APC”.
While further reminding people of igbo nation on the monumental gains already-achieved by government of the progressive party in southeast zone of igbo ethnic extraction, Anyanwu, also was a member of the disbanded APC 2023 Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), and the Abia State Coordinator, Grassroots Mobilization for Tinubu/Shettima Campaign council, called on ndigbo, irrespective of different party leanings to give maximum supports and cooperation to the incoming administration by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to succeed in the implementation of his visionary development-oriented agendas cum policies, for the nation’s economic greatness immediately he is sworn into office of Nigerian President this month.
He insisted the igbo ethnic nationality cannot afford or continue sitting on the fence and tasked them on the important need to participate and contribute its quotas in national politics and nation- building, in order to be given listening ears on their equitable demand to produce a President for the country, likewise other ethnic sections in Nigeria took respective shots at the nation’s highest seat of power, the Presidency in Abuja.
Anyanwu reassured ndigbo that the incoming administration under new president elect, Bola Tinubu, will ensure the sustenance of economic and infrastructural revolutions of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government scattered in states of the southeast, and in many other federation states in the country.
His words: “apart from this, Tinubu’s government shall build impactful projects to add to the monumental strides already-layed by the outgoing administration of President Buhari. There are no doubts that Tinubu possessed the needed capacity, ability and expertises to spread–head, having displayed such as a senator, governor and national leader of the governing political party in Nigeria federation.
“So, i would want to use this great medium to call on community, religious, and political leaders and critical political stakeholders, including academia, traditional rulers of igbo origin to align and queue behind the new Nigerian-elect, Bola Tinubu, as it remains the sure route for actualization of president of igbo bloc for the country, called Nigeria. They should ignore media propaganda and lies being peddled by those crying more than the bereaved “.