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Buhari Govt Most Unfriendly to Igbos, Okorocha Worst Serving Governor — Southeast CSOs

The Southeast-based Coalition of Human Rights & Good Governance Organizations (SBCHROs) has voted the President Muhammadu Buhari – led government as the “most unpopular and unfriendly federal government among the southeast people”.

SBCHROs also voted Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State as the “worst serving governor in the southeast zone”.

SBCHROs made the conclusion at the end of a media briefing at Sharom Hall of the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra State, on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

At the end of the media briefing, the coalition also recognized and celebrated the best personalities and achievers of our time in the southeast as follows:

  1. Late Chief Sam Mbakwe was given a posthumous “Greater Personality of the Southeast Zone” for his outstanding governance achievements and charismatic leadership as the democratically elected Governor of old Imo State-1979-1983.

His achievements, as noted by SBCHROs, are in the areas of education, health, agriculture and poultry, water, environment, tourism, industry  and creation of employment opportunities through then direct industrialization policy of the government; public decency, fiscal responsibility, massive infrastructural developments and provision and delivery of social services.

  1. Former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo was accorded the “Great Personality of the Southeast Zone” award at the event.

He was recognized for his outstanding governance achievements and charismatic leadership during his days as the democratically elected governor of old Anambra State-1979-1983.

  1. Another governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Gregory Obi [2006-2014] was awarded the “Greatest Personality of the Southeast Zone & Executive Leadership Man of the Year since the Forth Republic or 1999” honour.

His achievements span across education and health; agriculture, tourism, industry and creation of employment opportunities through PPP and private sector involvement or indirect  industrialization policy of the government;  FDI inflows and provision of industrial incentives; massive infrastructural development including massive road construction and bridges; social development and provision and delivery of social services.

Also included in his achievement list  are “civil service productivity including liquidation of LGA and State civil service arrears of over N35 billion accumulated since 1992,  mobilization of huge non-loan resources for multi-sectorial development of his State of Anambra,  fiscal responsibility including minimization of governance costs, security votes, cabinet size and use of public funds for public good; and zero borrowing and low debts overhang of less than N12 billion;  savings  in government coffers amounting to billions of naira, first of its kind in any public governance in Nigeria.

“The rest are future savings through procurement of shares and investments worth billions of naira.

“The era of former Governor Peter Obi as chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum served as a strong driving force for the unity and security of the Zone,” said SBCHROs.

“Worst Public Office Holders In Southeast Nigeria”, “Most Unpopular & Unfriendly Federal Government Among The Southeast People”, and “Worst Past Governors In The Southeast” awards went to:

  • President Muhammadu Buhari
  • Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju-Anambra State (1999-2003)
  • Chief Orji Uzor Kalu-Abia State (1999-2007)
  • Chief Ikedi Ohakim-Imo State (2007-2011), and,
  • Chief Theodore Orji-Abia State (2007-2015) respectively.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State bagged the “Worst Serving Governor In The Southeast Zone” award, while the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) received the “Worst Public Utilities Providers of the Year 2017 in the Southeast Zone” accolade.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, “Worst Serving Governor In The Southeast Zone” 

Other recipients of non-commendable awards were:

  • Nigerian Army and its Enugu 82 Division, “Most Atrocious Security Organization in the Southeast Zone” for killing over 370 unarmed and defenseless citizens of the Southeast while maiming over 400.
  • COAS Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, “Most Regime Atrocity Perpetrator in the Southeast Zone” for masterminding in two years 2015-2017, the massacre of estimated 370 defenseless citizens of the Southeast Zone while maiming over 400.
  • The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) formations in Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States as well as the Zone 9 SARS formation in Umuahia got the “Most Atrocious Police Special Squad of the Year 2017 in the Southeast Zone”.

They reported killed an estimated average of 35 detained citizens monthly and 420 annually in the Zone.

  • The Nigerian Army & Navy, “Most Lopsidedly Composed Security Organization In The Southeast Zone” as “most, if not all, their key heads in the Zone are members of Hausa-Fulani Muslims”.

The Nigeria Police Force and its key formations in the Southeast under IGP Ibrahim Idris expectedly got the “Most Corrupt & Incompetent Policing Organization Of The Year 2017 In The Southeast Zone”.

They generated, illicitly, over N14 billion or $45million between September 2017 and January 2018 from Southeast roadblocks using over 2900 police roadblocks raised in early September 2017), et al.

At the end of the meeting, SBCHROs, therefore, called on southeast governors to wake up from their slumbers.

SBCHROs stated: “They must be proactive and efficient in strengthening the internal and external security of the Zone especially with regard to well-oiled and coordinated widespread violent attacks against Christian population and their churches by the terror Fulani Herdsmen such as the Nimbo tragedies of 14th February and 25th April 2016 in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State during which terror Fulani Herdsmen killed at least 50 rural Christian dwellers and injured 79 others.

“The Governors must also proactively and courageously engage the Federal Government, the President and heads of major security and policing agencies in the country by insisting on making proactive inputs into the overall security structure and composition in the country as well as the posting of commanders of their formations in the Southeast Zone especially in the Army, Navy, Air Force, SSS, Customs and the Police.”

It further urged the governors to reject and reverse “the current policy of flooding most, if not the entire military and policing formations in Igbo Land with senior and commanding officers of Hausa-Fulani Muslims”.

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