The Igbo Delegates Association in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to focus on the construction of roads and the provision of social amenities in the South-East.
The association said most of the federal roads in the zone were in near total collapse and needed urgent attention even as it also urged the president-elect to redress the injustices meted out to Igbo by successive administrations in the country.
The President-General of the association, Chief Damian Iyanma, made the call yesterday, while addressing newsmen in Lokoja.
Iyanma, who observed that in past elections, the Igbo put their eggs in one basket, said the association had to take a different position this time around because members did not want a repeat of what happened to their kinsmen in 2011 general election, when they were brutally killed and their businesses destroyed.
His words: “We live in the North, we do business in the North and we understand the people and the terrain in the North. We relate well socially, politically and we even inter-marry, and we believe it is only Buhari that can really transform Nigeria and bring the needed change; so, we saw no reason why we should deny him our support.”
Iyanma, who threw more light on why the Igbo in the northern states did not endorse the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, said they had lived in peace and benefitted from the zone over the years.
Commending Buhari for his victory at the poll, Iyanma however, lamented the neglect of the Igbo by successive regimes in the country, saying the South-East had not been adequately catered for by the Federal Government. He complained that the entire zone had no good road-network as well as befitting Federal Government hospitals, educational institutions and other social amenities.
He, therefore appealed to the president-elect, not to abandon the Igbo for not voting for him massively in the region.
Culled from Sunnews