The Coalition of Nigeria Professionals for Peace and Good Governance (CNPPGG), has applauded the appointment of Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff, while describing his appointment as a square peg in a square hole.
The group in a statement on Sunday said that Gen. Irabor’s appointed will facilitate better coordination of the Service Chiefs, considering his operational and command capabilities that had warned him many military laurels in the past.
The statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Prof. Abiola Odukoya; National Secretary, Dr. Andy Ifeanyi and National Programme Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Kankara, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include Ndigbo in the security management team.
The group said that Gen Irabor, being a tested General, who had commanded Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in the North East, as well as the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), will facilitate the end to insurgency in Nigeria.
They, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his choice of Service Chiefs, saying the team was better positioned to achieve the mandate of securing lives and property.
They also aligned with the position of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, calling for a review of the appointments, with a view to including at least a worthy senior officer of South-East extraction among the Service Chiefs.
Also, members of the coalition tasked Senators and House of Representatives’ members on the urgent need to invoke the Federal Character principle during the screening and confirmation of the Service Chiefs.
They contended that, as Representatives of the over 200 million Nigerians, posterity will definitely be kind to them, if they draw President Buhari’s attention to the fact that a major ethnic bloc had remained consistently shot out in the Service and security Chiefs’ equation.
They further argued that it was not in the interest of national unity and co-habitation for the Igbo nation not to be represented in the sensitive military, security and para-military appointments since May 29, 2015, when President Buhari was sworn-in for his first term of office.
“We hasten to commend our amiable and progressive President, Muhammadu Buhari, for the careful selection and eventual appointment of the new set of Service Chiefs, who are coming at a time the security situation in the country is alarming.
“As professionals in our various fields of endeavours, we note with satisfaction, the choice of Major General Lucky Irabor, to lead the Service Chiefs in his capacity as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
“We are confident that General Irabor, having been commander, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), as well as commander of the multinational joint task force (MNJTF) – all within the troubled North-East general area – knows where to hit the terrorist elements the hardest,” they said.
The group said that President Buhari will earn himself a prominent place in history if he gave a passionate thought to the calls for the inclusion of a senior Igbo officer in the team, which we hope will deliver the goods.
“He must resist ill-advice from certain mischievous individuals and groups, who often cast the Igbo nation in a bad light, leading systematic exclusion which, to all intent and purpose, is unacceptable,” they also argued.
While appreciating the fact that all ethnic groups cannot be appointed at the same time, the professional reminded the President that among the comity of major ones, only Igbo has failed to gain his favour.

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