Ex-Imo governor, Ohakim, others urge Buhari to fulfil Igbo vows

Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim

A pro-democracy group, the Igbo Conversational Group, has urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to fulfil promises he made to the Igbo people during his campaign.

The call is contained in a statement issued on Friday by the leader of the group, Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State.

The statement quoted Mr. Ohakim as demanding the completion of ongoing developmental projects and establishment of new ones in the South East zone.

According to him, there is need to ensure the immediate take-off of the Aba Integrated Power Project to boost economic activities in the region.

He appealed to the incoming administration to review the 85 per cent of property belonging to Igbo but classified as abandoned property in Rivers 45 years ago.

He said “the Igbo want the incoming administration to look into this matter as top priority”.

The president of the group also urged Mr. Buhari to ensure the revitalisation of the proposed sea port in Osemoto in Imo.

He said “Osemoto and Oseakwa in Anambra have the deepest natural harbour in the country which will offer naval and marine transport platforms if developed.

“They will serve as strategic hub for oil and gas industry and inland dry docking to promote trade and create employment.

“Above all, it will open the igbo land to the sea.’’

Mr. Ohakim also called for the completion of the Otuocha-Mmiata-Kogi 150-kilometer road, as well as rehabilitation of all federal roads in the South East.

According to him, the road, when completed, will knock off three hours from every journey from the south east to Abuja.

He restated the need for the President-Elect to address issues of additional states in the South East, adding that “happily, it is one of the issues the President-Elect promised to look into during his interaction with Ndi Igbo in Onitsha”.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his patriotism in deepening democracy in the country, saying Nigerians would remember him for steadfastly upholding democratic ethics and allowing political space for every player.

“President Jonathan came to power when the nation was in a big quagmire.

“And it is to his credit that the country had a smooth transition following the sudden demise of his predecessor, late President Umaru Yar’ Adua.

“We salute him for his courage in conceding defeat and ask him to remain available for the country to tap from his experience.’’

(NAN)


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  • motsa jiki

    Na WA o the group didn’t even pause to congratulate the president elect .Rochas Okorocha can handle your demands pls.

    • yahayaomaye

      Yes, Rochas Okorocha can handle your request. Better still, you can right your wrongs at the coming elections. Do not expect groundnut where you sew babara-nut, Mr. former governor.

      • Goodwill

        The man is shameless otherwise he will not be talking like this. He is part of the thpeople that did not allow GEJ to do anything meaningful for the region. Just like others have said, for the sake of Okorocha, Ngige and Onu, GMB will show compassion to the people of southeast in respective of their hatred.

  • Du Covenant

    This has always been the problem we have in Nigeria when some people believe it is their birth right to get certain things by virtue of where the come from or the language they speak. You did not vote for the man to start making such demands. Look at the electoral map again to remind yourself. It is this attitude that plunged Nigeria into the chaos we have never recovered from since independence. Lets see what happens on 11th April and after that you can channel your demands to your State Governor and not the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria… So help us God!.

  • Maitama Tambari

    He has to finish with those that voted him into the Presidency first. Ndigos should be last in any developmental programme of APC. you cannot eat where you have not invested.

  • New Nigerian

    …interesting!!…so he made promises, and based on that you gave your votes to Jonathan…telling him to go to hell and now you make demands?!! I know he will do the projects eventually -as he is president of all, an din the new Nigeria we expect that. Having said that what concerns me is temerity of not even allowing the person Ndigbo did not vote for to take office before harassing him about so called promises, am I the only one that think this is slightly off, at the least??

    • Abdulazeez Oyibo

      You’re not. He’s a nut case!

  • Sincerely Yours

    It is now open season for all sorts of groups to want to be heard, no matter how irrelevant they are. And boy! are they irrelevant. Why did you not ask jonathan to look into all these things in the six years he was president. After all, you were a governor under the pdp. Why ask an APC govt that you did not vote for to “look it as a matter of priority”. You want to reap where you did not sow. Every worm is now coming out of the woodwork.

  • SAM .A

    How do you reap where u did not show , u should keep quiet first and watch the turn of events . Okorocha and Ngige that sacrificed their political carrier for Igbo’s inclusiveness . You all kick them to the curb
    Now u open your mouth looking for the juice you never labor for . Ohakim shot up .

  • Omo Akin

    Folks, there is nothing wrong in asking for infrastructure development in the South East or anywhere in Nigeria. That is better than scrambling for position which is for the benefit of that individual. Better infrastructure benefits all: the people, the state and federation. Come to think about having security restored in all parts of the country. The biggest beneficiary will be the Igbos who do business in every city and village in Nigeria. But it appears the Igbo political leaders do not care about this. Imagine what a second Niger bridge completed way back in 2013 would have done for the economy of the Igboland.

  • Maria

    Why did Jonathan, an Igbo president, not do all these things for you?

    • Abdulazeez Oyibo

      I’m shell shocked by this request. Ohakim must think Nigerian’s are idiots.

  • Mihammed

    The igbos really have guts, how dare you make demands on someone you never voted for. You are so full of yourselves and full of hate for the Hausas, you put all your eggs in one basket and now you’ve lost everything! Buhari, I know is not vindictive and will be a President for all but someone must tell the Igbos that you have goofed and have not only demystified yourselves, but have also succeeded in scheming your
    so called “race” out of Nigerian politics for good.

    • TC.TAMBURAWA

      IN ENUGU BUHARI GOT A LITTLE ABOVE 5,000 VOTES ALL THE IBOS STATES GAVE PALTRY SUM TO BUHARI . ONLY ROCHAS OKOROCHA TRIED NOW THE FORMER GOVERNOR HAS THE GUTS TO START MAKING DEMANDS IT’S SICKENING AND DISGUSTING , KANO PEOPLE GAVE JONATHAN MORE THAN 200,000 VOTES NOBODY IN KANO HAS ASKED BUHARI TO DO THIS AND DO THAT. IT SHOWS AT LEAST PEOPLE IN KANO ARE WISER TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE ATLEAST EVEN THOUGH HE JONATHAN IS NOT THEIR TRIBE OR FROM THEIR REGION. Let the PDP FORMER GOVEROR GO AND MEET JONATHAN HE CAN BUILD THE BRIDGE, THE PORT, RECOVER THEIR PROPERTY FROM CIVIL WAR, HE JONATHAN IS THE PRESIDENT HE CAN APPROVE THE PROJECTS SINCE THEY THE IBOS ARE BUSINESS PEOPLE THEY CAN FINISH THE PROJECT BEFORE JONATHAN GOES TO HAGUE ICC.

      • D1

        lol!

  • sammyctu ode

    Let the Igbos show GMB that they are sincere to him by voting all APC Governor and States Houses of Reps on April 11th. There is no free lunch anywhere anymore. You rob my back I rob yours too.

    • Otunba B

      You are correct,they cant just av it easily like that..they shud vote for all apc govs n oda seats

  • Onyekwere

    U were a governor. What did u do for your people. U voted for GEJ and he lost. Now you are tabling demands for Buhari to do a b c. What happened in GEJ six years. Political are games are played differently. You take care of people that voted for you first and leave the crumbs to the other party. Your pal GEJ liked to be president but did not want to work. He was a lazy man. He conceded because he had no choice. Nigerians do not want him. Most of the states that he supposedly won were rigged ie Imo, Ekiti. Start thinking about your case with the Efcc. Remember Amaechi will be d new EFCC chairman. So what you gon do? With Amaechi as the chairman of EFCC everything go dabaru. Just maybe what mama peace was saying on the campaign trail may come thru. They will love you and your butt in the … Goodbye Amigo.

    • BABUYANMA

      You spoke the mind of most Nigerians

  • Tonnero

    Here we go again. Me! Me!! Me!!! So if they do all this (including causing wahala in Rivers) for ONLY the Igbo, in four years (and even helping them in their secession agenda by developing ports even though ports exist in Port Harcourt and Onne which are less than 1 hour away!) what will they do for other zones? With a treasury that the Igbo god Jonathan virtually emptied? While I advocate an APC government demonstrating to the SE that they are also part of Nigeria, it still rankles that the zone which gave the least votes and the most abuses and disrespect are the ones making the biggest demands. Are those who supported APC fools?

  • band olu

    GMB promised to do some things for d igbos if they voted for him….they refused to vote for him & embarked on killing APC members & burning their properties….now they are making demands as if they voted for him…..they should know that one good turn deserves another….

    • Prince Damian

      Igbo people are criminals and they would never vote for a decent man like Buhari… Buhari should leave them alone to suffer the evil seed they sowed.. Yeye people

      • band olu

        I agree with u..d igbo pple will never vote for a decent man..they voted for Jonathan only bcos he is from d same region with them not bcos he has done or will do anything for them…what did d igbos gain from Jonathan’s govt?…nothing, yet they voted for him & now they have lost & are asking d person they voted against to help them….mumu people……

  • musa aliyu

    Igbos are new in politics. As leaners we the masters who they live to hate will forever be ahead of them as always so they can die with their bad belus

  • Olumide

    Even though it is a bit too early ,there is nothing wrong in any part of the country asking the President elect to keep his promises to them, Buhari will not be president of APC alone or president of only those who voted for him, he will be the president of the whole of Nigeria . In democracy you have the right to vote for whoever you want, not voting for an individual or his party does not give them the right to preclude any region of the country from what should rightly be theirs. I do not subscribe to what most discussants here are saying. The Igbos are part and parcel of Nigeria, and they are our lovely brothers, this is not the way to heal national wounds, the grievance of the Igbos should be addressed once and for all, and let everyone have the feeling that they have equal stakes in the project called Nigeria, besides who said the Ibos voted entirely for Jonathan? There was massive rigging in favour of Jonathan in that area, their leaders should be blamed for not allocating the votes in a responsible manner.

  • wonderboi

    I sometimes find it hard to understand what Igbo stand for, at-least i can hear father Mbaka and Rochas okorocha but others are always on the other side

  • Williams

    I thank God for someone like Rochas Okorocha who is a Nigerian than and Igbo Man. For lack of political foresight, The Igbos have lost Senate President and Speaker slots. Only God knows what is left for them in Nigerian Politics in this Democratic dispensation. If at all the Igbos believe in what Gen. Buhari told them during his campaign, they would have voted for him but they did not and even prevented those that wanted to do so. Imaging them trying to disgrace a well known Governor of the Masses like Governor Okorocha in IMO state.

    • TC.TAMBURAWA

      WELL DONE WILLIAMS GOD BLESS ROCHAS , IF ONLY THE IGBOS HAD SEEN LOOKED FURTHER THEY WILL SEE THE GOODNESS OF BROTHERHOOD , AT LEAST GIVE BUHARI REASONABLE VOTES, HE WILL KNOW THEY ARE WITH HIM , ANYHOW HE BUHARI WILL TRY HIS BEST BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE ROCHAS.