Chief Nduka Anyanwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently sack the minister of trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, and other non-performing cabinet members from the southeast.
Anyanwu who served as an ex-officio for APC called for them to be sacked due to their inability to quell the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Speaking in an interview with newsmen on Monday, October 9, in Abuja, the APC chieftain said apart from the fact that the minister’s appointment was imposed on the Abia state chapter, Enelamah has refused to visit the state and the party secretariat since his appointment.
The APC chieftain said the secession agitation led by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was unnecessary, blaming past and present governors in the region for bad governance which he said has rendered more than 85% of the youths jobless.
His words: “Abians are very likeable people that will vote Buhari for 2019 if he comes out and which we are going to ask Buhari to come out. Nigerians need Buhari. Buhari is the best thing that s happened to this country but the issue is that few people that are working for him now in South-east are not really taking care of that zone, they are not doing much.
“Like in my state, my minister is not close to any of us, he is demarketing Buhari in the state. Is he the minister for only Abuja? I don’t think he has visited the state secretariat, I don’t think he has electoral value in his ward, what are we talking? I am asking President Buhari to reshuffle the cabinet and let them bring in somebody.
“When this IPOB agitation started I was expecting the minister of trade and investment, because he is the one representing us at the cabinet, to see how he would have parley with all these boys that are agitating but till today, that man has never spoken out anything, which is very bad.
“If you want to appoint a minister, you must look for somebody who is ready to work for you, not somebody who would go and speak only grammar. Politics is not a child’s play, it is a very serious business. I am saying that we need an experienced politician. There are lots of us that are highly educated in Abia State who can do the job better than him. We are saying this because of the issues of agitations in South-east. I am asking them to begin to look inwardly, to look at the really core party people who worked for Buhari in the southeast.
“The one that is representing us now is not working in Abia state, we don’t know him, he’s not part of us. All the time we were campaigning, using our money to do sorts of things, they called us all sorts of names, he was not there with us, why being the Minister of Trade and Investment? The terrain of things in Abia State now, we need a very experienced person who will be able to reach all parties to bring things together. I am saying that we want Abia State to be the APC State by 2019 but with the way things are going now, if we don’t make changes quickly now, we won’t get there.
“If I were Nnamdi Kanu, he would have begun to agitate within the people that have ruled that state since 1999 and begin to ask questions, what have you people done? Can you give us account of stewardship since 1999? You can see in Abia State that all the infrastructures have so dilapidated. You can see poverty is visible. If you visit there at night, is like a goat stand, nothing is working.”
The party chieftain went on to say 85% of the youths in Abia state are jobless hence the agitation.
He stated that their joblessness made them willing tools for Nnamdi Kanu, adding that they had lost hope in the system.
Earlier, it was reported that the Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) described the recent military invasion of the home of Eze Israel Kanu, the father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as primitive and cowardly.
The pro-Biafra group in a statement on Monday, October 9, by its national director of information, Samuel Edeson, said Biafran agitators would not be coward by the violent attacks from the Buhari administration on harmless agitators.
MASSOB described the attacks on Biafra agitators as an act of ethnic hatred by the Nigeria security forces which it said was dominated mainly by persons from the north.