After receiving hot verbal lashes from the members of MASSOB/IPOB, and the apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has denied ever supporting the marginalisation of the South-East in the present political dispensation.
Recall that Ngige, had few weeks ago said since Ndi-Igbo didn’t invest in Buhari’s election in 2015 and so, they have no reason to complain.
“I went to our Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo in Enugu twice. They could not even reply to a letter written by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, seeking for a meeting with them”, Ngige told THIS DAY.
The comment which was trailed with condemnation of how Ngige could sold his people for political interest.
Was condemned by the pro-Biafra group, MASSOB, as the group leader, Uche Madu described Ngige as an “errand boy” in the APC and the Buhari administration, adding that the Minister had taken his “errand boy status to a whole new level” by making inflammatory utterances against the people of his own region.
However, Ngige denied the allegations that he was supporting the marginalisation of the South-East in the present Buhari’s APC -led administration.
Special Assistant to Ngige on Media Affairs, Mr. Nwachukwu Obidiwe said that Ngige did not disparage Ndigbo in his comments and would never support the marginalisation of the region.
According to him, Ngige was merely reflecting on the outcome of the 2015 elections and wished that his people had supported Buhari and the APC so that they could belong to the mainstream political movement at the centre.
“Ngige is not playing the ostrich. He feels what the average Igho man feels. Igbo leaders in the APC are doing their best to ensure that the zone does not let behind under the Buhari administration. Ngige never endorsed the socalled marginalisation of the South-East.
He never did and he can never work against the interest of his people,” he said. Obidiwe said that contrary to the belief in some quarters, the few APC leaders in the APC have been working assiduously to ensure that the South-East for its own fair share in terms of critical social infrastructure such as roads and rail.
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