The newly-appointed Coordinator of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum, SMBF, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has lamented the non-inclusion of Nigerians of eastern extraction in the appointment of the new service chiefs.
Recall that President Buhari had, on Tuesday, accepted the resignation of the service chiefs and immediately replaced them with new ones, which did not include any Igbo man or woman.
The appointed new Service Chiefs include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral AZ Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal IO Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
In an immediate reaction to the appointments, Nwodo said Buhari’s choice of persons for the new appointments shows his deep-seated resentment towards Southeast Nigeria.
The immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who expressed shock and disappointment at the president’s decision, said the development suggests that no Igbo is fit to head any Nigerian security agency.
“Gen Buhari, thanks for making us in Igboland feel, once more, that we are not fit to head any of the Security services,” he said.
On Tuesday, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the appointment of service chiefs is not subject to the principle of federal character.