Ebonyi: Group decries exclusion from Nwifuru’s appointments

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The Orry speaking people of Ebonyi state, Saturday, lamented exclusion of their sons and daughters from appointments made by Governor Francis Nwifuru.

They alleged that the exclusion was an attempt to sideline them from the affairs of the state, adding that the Nwifuru’s administration was being unjust to them.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by selected members of Concerned Orry Peoples Assembly – Comrade Emmanuel Acha, Engr Edede Barnabas, Comrade Chukwuma Obo; and Mr Nwankwo Ukpai.

While calling for inclusion of their people, the group claimed that the last time they were appointed to serve in the governance of the state was during the administration of former governors Sam Egwu and Martin Elechi.

They said, “The Orry speaking people of Ebonyi state comprising of the Effium people in Ohaukwu Local Government Area; Amuda and Okpomolo people in Ezza North Local Government Area; and, Okpoto and Ntezi people in Ishielu Local Government Area constitute a vital and integral part of Ebonyi State by size, population, contribution to the founding and future aspirations of our dear state.

“The Concerned Orry stakeholders under the aegis of Orring Peoples Assembly (OPA) are therefore perplexed when we perused the recently released list of commissioners, special advisers and other appointments of the newly inaugurated government of Rt Hon. Francis Nwifuru and discovered to its chagrin that no single person of Orring extraction was included.

“It is indeed hard to believe that the government could not find anyone of our people suitable and worthy from the pool of highly educated, endowed and talented persons of Orring stock spread across the academia, civil service, professionals, private sector and the political class. In fact, we are minded to believe that our deliberate exclusion is not only a premeditated apartheid policy, but also forebodes a dark and dreary future for our people who will neither have a voice in matters of grave existential reality to us.

“For the records, the last time Orry people held a position of significance in Ebonyi state was during the government of Dr. Sam Egwu and Chief Martin Elechi when Prince Igwe Nomeh of blessed memory and Hon. Nicodemus Omenka were in the cabinets as Commissioners respectively. It has become a culture that every successive administration has implemented this policy of exclusion and apartheid towards our people by ignoring Orring people in government appointments with impunity.

“We are minded to believe that it is not too late in the day for the government under your leadership to retrace its steps and redress this injustice to our people. Whether done by omission or commission, the new administration of Governor Francis Nwifuru should set a new governance standard and follow best practices of constituting an inclusive government where the full complement of state character, diversity and plurality will be accommodated.

“The only way we can assuage our people that we have a stake in this government is for the Orring people to be involved in its top echelon. That is not asking for too much and we believe it is the right and proper course for a just, peaceful, inclusi ,ve and egalitarian society.

“We assure the new administration of our unalloyed loyalty and partnership towards building the Ebonyi state of our dreams.”

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