Service chiefs: Yoruba elders back Ohanaeze, allege continuous sidelining of Igbo from appointment

Service chiefs: Yoruba elders back Ohanaeze, allege continuous sidelining of Igbo from appointment

- Elders of the southwest are supporting Ohanaeze Ndigbo following the absence of a southeast personnel in the country's security team

- The Yoruba group noted that Igbos have been ignored for the second time in the appointment of service chiefs

- The elders, however, thanked President Buhari for appointing one of their sons as chief of the air staff

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Yoruba elders have thrown their weight behind Ohanaeze Ndigbo concerning the recent appointment of service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a report by The Guardian, elders under the aegis of Conference of Concerned Yoruba Elders (CCYE) condemned the continuous sidelining of Igbo from the security management team.

Prof. Olusegun Ajibola and Dr. Catherine Adisa, the national co-ordinator and national secretary respectively, made the disclosure in a statement signed on Wednesday, February 10, in Abuja.

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Service chiefs: Yoruba elders back Ohanaeze, allege continuous sidelining of Igbo from appointment

Yoruba elders back Ohanaeze over sidelining of Igbo from the appointment of service chiefs. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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According to the southwest elders, this would be the second time no military officer of southeast extraction was in the security team.

They noted that the first time the president didn't include an Igbo officer was back in 2015.

The elders went on to note that they have carefully followed the development and felt a need to voice their concerns over the issue.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo decries exclusion of southeast

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo decried the exclusion of southeast military personnel in the recent service chiefs appointment by President Buhari.

The socio-cultural group made its stance known in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, and seen by Legit.ng.

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In a related development, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa congratulated Major-General Irabor on his appointment as Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

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In a statement by his spokesman, Okowa said that the sacrifices of the new Defence chief towards peace and progress of the nation, especially his acknowledged gallantry at assignments, were outstanding.

He thanked Buhari for appointing an illustrious son of Delta state into the exalted position of CDS, and said that it was an elevated responsibility given to a deserving officer.

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