Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari
has included former lawmaker Chris
Ngige in his ministerial list at the last
hour, Daily Post says.
Report has it that among those penned
down for ministerial appointments
were, immediate past governor of Lagos
State, Babatunde Fashola, former Ekiti
State governor, Kayode Fayemi, former
lawmaker, Chris Ngige and erstwhile
governor of old Anambra State,
Ogbonaya Onu, among others.
According to people familiar with the
matter, President Buhari, who has been
constantly accused of marginalizing
Ndigbo over their refusal to support him
during the election, didn’t have it in
mind to appoint Ngige.
It’s believed that Ngige’s appointment
was done to mainly compensate Ndigbo.
“Ngige was not part of the first list of
people compiled, I can tell you that. His
name came at the eleventh hour.
president had a change of mind because
of the complaints in many quarters that
he was punishing the south east region
because of their refusal to vote for him
during the election.
“It took the intervention of some close
associates and aides for the appointment
However the official said the president
had nothing against south easterners
because of the outcome of the
presidential election earlier this year.
“See, that notion is wrong.
thing is that Buhari has won the election
and that is it.
Where the vote came from
is not the main issue now. Remember,
he said he belongs to nobody and
belongs to everybody,”