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Abians express mixed feelings over ministerial positions

Published by The Nation on Sun, 25 Aug 2019

Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and Aba, the commercial nerve of the state, have expressed mixed feelings over the ministerial positions assigned to the zone by President Muhammadu Buhari.While some of the residents who spoke to our reporter in Aba and Umuahia noted that it was the prerogative right of Buhari to choose his ministers, others lamented the portfolios assigned ministers from the southeast zone.Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Orji Kalu in an interview commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing people with intellectual capacity and political dexterity to drive the next level agenda. Speaking with a cross-section of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia North Senatorial District, the former governor urged Nigerians to sustain their support for President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to reposition the country.Read Also:Be relentless, Buhari tells ministersHe called on the newly inaugurated Federal Executive Council (FEC) members, to emulate the President in discharging their national duties.Kalu said the appointments made thus far by President Muhammadu Buhari are impressive.But some residents of Umuahia, who gave their names as Wilfred Ojah, Ugwu Clement and Gregory Onwuka told The Nation that they were dissatisfied with the positions assigned to ministers from the Southeast.According to Onwuka, all of us were all aware of the performance of the ministers while they were being screened. Why on earth would they ask the likes of Uche Ogah questions that borders on Agric, Petroleum, Investment etc., and later he was sent to Mines and Steel' How can they send Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba to Ministry of Education as Minister of State' How is he going to fare at the present ministry' I am sure that their appointments were not done in good fate.According to Dr Charles Chinekezi, Chairman, Civil Liberties Organisation, Aba Unit What the President has given the Southeasterners is not just. The President wasnt fair enough to the Southeast, he alleged.
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