Yoruba Elders under the aegis of Conference of Concerned Yoruba Elders (CCYE), has joined other interest groups to made case for Ndigbo over their continued exclusion in the security management team of the country, especially as it relates to the newly appointed Service Chiefs.
The Elders also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing one of their illustrious sons in the Nigerian Military into the nation’s security management team as Chief of the Air Staff.
In a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Prof. Olusegun Ajibola and National Secretary, Dr Catherine Adisa, the elders said having carefully followed the development since 2015, they felt constrained to voice their concerns over the matter.
The group expressed reservation over the continuous sidelining of their Igbo neighbours from the security management team.
The elders also said they were losing sleep over the development given that it had happened for the second time, having experienced the first in 2015 when no military officer of South-East extraction made it in the security team composed by the president.
They, however, expressed appreciation to the president for considering South West for the second time for an appointment into the security management team.
The statement noted that the president’s gesture was a demonstration of his unwavering confidence in the South West region to assist his administration give Nigerians much needed security as he pledged while vying to lead Nigeria.
The elders tasked the Yoruba ethnic group to reciprocate the president’s gesture by wholeheartedly supporting his administration to succeed in bequeathing an enduring legacy of good leadership for the country.
The statement also appealed to the president to review the appointments of security heads and accordingly accommodate the South East for justice and equity.
The elders added that all major regions of the country should be given equal representation in security management.
Noting that no ethnic group or tribe in the country had a stake in the Nigerian project than the others, the group insisted that it was time for President Buhari to right his wrong so that every part of the country could have a sense of belonging in Nigeria
They said: “We have carefully followed the reaction and counter-reactions that is trailing the appointments of the new service chiefs and concerns raised by Nigerians over the exclusion of Igbo from South East
, and as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we wish to add our voice to this growing concerns.
“We stand totally with Ohanaeze Ndigbo and several other Nigerians who are of the view that justice was not done to South East in the composition of the service chiefs and should be urgently and fairly reviewed in the interest of justice and equity”.