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Exclusion of Igbo People from Presidential Inauguration Committee Sparks Concerns




The absence of Igbo people in the committee set up by the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for the May 29 handover activities has raised concerns.

The committee is expected to plan the presidential inauguration and includes individuals from various regions across the country. However, the lack of Igbo representation in the 14-member committee has generated reactions across political party lines in Igbo land, News About Nigeria reports.

In response to the development, the national vice president of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, expressed his concern and disappointment, suggesting that the incoming president may have inherited Igbo hatred from the current President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “Igbophobia is in his veins and by not including Igbo people in the handover committee, he is only trying to reopen old wounds.

“He inherited the hatred Buhari has against Igbo, especially when the President-elect has said he will continue from where the incumbent president stopped.

“He said he will continue with Buhari policies and our question is, what is he continuing?

“Is it to continue the marginalisation of a particular ethnic group?

“Ohanaeze has not even accepted his election and whatever he is doing is personal to him. What we know is that those who want to divide Nigeria will surely fail.

“Ohanaeze is not in a hurry to recognise Tinubu as the President-elect because any house built on a faulty foundation is bound to collapse.

“We believe that the process of the 2023 presidential election is still on.

“The voting has been done and the court has taken over and until the outcome of the court process is known, we cannot take a stand on the 2023 election.”