By Chuks Ekpeneru
Only one out of 37 commissioners of police recently appointed is Igbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lamented.
In rejecting the new police promotions, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that while marginalization against Ndigbo had been an enduring feature from past administrations, it said that the attitude of the present administration is the impunity and unimaginable extent it has gone in perpetuating it.
The press release by Chief Emeka Attamah, the Special Adviser on media to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, therefore called for a review of the promotions in the spirit of fair play, equity and justice.
He also regretted that all Police Commissioners serving in the region come from the North.
While noting that only one out of 37 commissioners of police is Igbo, the group said:
“A look at the list shows that Northwest zone has 12 new Commissioners of Police, North-East, 8; South-West, 7; South-South, 5 ; North-Central, 4, while predictably South-East brought up the rear with just 1 new Commissioner.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo observes that the already existing imbalance in the force exemplified in the fact that all Police Commissioners in the Southeast come from the North; and that not many Igbo officers are in the high echelon of the force should have made it imperative that more slots be given to the South-East.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is irked that the already depleted South-East population in the force deserved only one slot, and unequivocally condemns and rejects this provocative act of marginalization. Ohanaeze frowns at this propensity of ensuring that Igbo land is constantly under siege by having security heads from zones other than the South-East in charge of security in the zone. It also rejects the unending and unnerving tendency of making the South-East the whipping-boy of the country in all matters of recruitments and appointments at the federal level.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo notes that while this habit of exclusion and denial has been the stock in trade of successive governments over the years, the preponderance of the marginalization in the present dispensation is unimaginable. What is more worrisome is the gross impunity with which these despicable acts are being perpetrated towards a people that are the mainstay of Nigeria’s unity and development.”