Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Reactions have continued to trail President Bola Tinubu’s recent appointments of Service Chiefs and over 30 appointees with only two of the appointees coming from the South-East geo-political zone.
In separate interviews with Ikengaonline some residents of the state bared their minds on the development.
Speaking, the Chairman of Enugu Lawyers for Good Governance, Barrister Justice Nwabueze, said the President’s appointment so far was a pointer that the people of the zone do not have any hope in the present administration.
He described the development as very worrisome and not in tandem with the spirit of true reconciliation, knowing full well that the Igbos have been crying of marginalisation.
“Giving the whole South-East only two appointments out of 36 is a clear indication that the President is not ready to address the marginalisation issue of the South-East.
“We are marginalised in all ramifications, infrastructurally and so on, and if the President continues this way we may not have it easy for the next eight years,” he said.
He accused certain cabals of not wanting the zone to progress and were bent on sidelining the South-East in the scheme of things.
Speaking also, Mr Steve Ofilli, a Current Affairs Analyst, said there was still time to judge the President.
“This is just first appointments, more are coming and I believe it is too early to judge him.
“Remember that former President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to punish those who did not vote for him by denying them appointments, which he did.
“So, in fairness to Tinubu, he has not done badly. He has appointed a service Chief from South-East which means we now have someone who can speak for us.
“We did not have such opportunity to be represented throughout Buhari regime,” he said.
Ofilli, however, said he expected more appointments from the South-East in subsequent appointments.
Mr Ambrose Eze, a commentator on Public Affairs described the appointments of people from South East extraction into the present administration as a non issue.
“Appointment to me is personal. I am looking forward to when Tinubu’s administration will fix roads in the South East, improve infrastructures, ensure Federal Character and true Federalism,” he said.