Igbos Were Already in Office Before Okonjo-Iweala Returned as Minister-Says Group



okonjo-iweala newA group, Good Governance and Transparency Coalition,Abuja has risen vehemently in defence of Nigeria’s Minister Of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala against allegations making the round she has pursuing an Igbo agenda.

GGTC in a statement today said “The main part of the campaign is the claim the minister is pursuing an Igbo agenda because she has appointed many as heads of agencies her ministry. To support this false thesis, they cite as examples the following South Easterners in such positions:Mustapha Chike-Obi: DG, AMCON ;Arunma Oteh: DG, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Abraham Nwankwo: DG, Debt Management and Osita Onyema, DG: Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

The statemen signed by Umar M.Farouk,chief of operations, Miss Janet Akinlami,director of press and Sylvia N. Okonkwo,director of legal affairs said “What is curious about the false charges is all these persons and others who have also cited were already in by the time returned as Minister in September 2011! In fact one of them had in for almost five years before she came back. In other words she is being of appointing people who were appointed before her! This ridiculous accusation proves one thing: the people making such accusations against this hardworking nationalist are mischievous, ignorant or more likely both.

“As part of this ungodly campaign, these elements also cite the appointment of Uche Orji as MD of the Nigerian Investment Authority late last year as more evidence of their discredited Igbo agenda. But these claims, like the other one, crash like a pack of cards when it is subjected to scrutiny. It is nothing but a big fat lie! Mr. Orji was adjudged the best following an international recruitment exercise conducted by KPMG, a respected global consulting agency. A titan of the Nigerian private sector, Mr. Fola Adeola was Chair of the Nominations Committee which also had distinguished Nigerians from all the geo-political zones. To suggest that these distinguished personalities did not do their jobs or that they were unduly influenced is highly unfair and highly disrespectful. Those making these claims are doing a great disservice to their country with their campaign of lies and innuendoes.”

Read the full text of statement by GGTC below:

How Can Appoint Who Were Already Appointed Before She Returned As Minister?

For several weeks now, there has an orchestrated media campaign against the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi by groups and individuals who claim that they are fighting for their ethnic groups but who are actually fighting for their own very selfish interest.

The main part of the campaign is the claim that the minister is pursuing an Igbo agenda because she has appointed many as heads of agencies her ministry. To support this false thesis, they cite as examples the following South Easterners in such positions:

· Mustapha Chike-Obi: DG, AMCON

· Arunma Oteh: DG, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

· Abraham Nwankwo: DG, Debt Management Office

· Osita Onyema, DG: Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

What is curious about the false charges is that all these persons and others who have also been cited were already in office by the time Okonjo-Iweala returned as Minister in September 2011! In fact one of them had been in office for almost five years before she came back. In other words she is being of appointing people who were appointed before her! This ridiculous accusation proves one thing: the people making such accusations against this hardworking nationalist are mischievous, ignorant or more likely both.

As part of this ungodly campaign, these elements also cite the appointment of Uche Orji as MD of the Nigerian Investment Authority late last year as more evidence of their discredited Igbo agenda. But these claims, like the other one, crash like a pack of cards when it is subjected to scrutiny. It is nothing but a big fat lie! Mr. Orji was adjudged the best following an international recruitment exercise conducted by KPMG, a respected global consulting agency. A titan of the Nigerian private sector, Mr. Fola Adeola was Chair of the Nominations Committee which also had distinguished Nigerians from all the geo-political zones. To suggest that these distinguished personalities did not do their jobs or that they were unduly influenced is highly unfair and highly disrespectful. Those making these claims are doing a great disservice to their country with their campaign of lies and innuendoes.

Now the campaigners are widening their net of lies. They are now fishing everywhere to find names of Igbos that they will claim were influenced by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. They are ready to do anything, spend any amount to tarnish her reputation as a patriot. To them the truth does not matter as long as they achieve their evil objectives.

The question that we must ask is: why are these people so afraid of ? Why are they so against giving a chance for brilliant and qualified young Nigerians from ALL parts of the country and the diaspora to contribute their quota to national development? Why do they want to draw Nigeria back?

It is very clear that they are working for themselves not for Nigeria. Nigerians want the best for their country. They are clearly working against the interests of this country. But they will not be different from the many others who tried but failed to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.

The good news is that Nigerians can see through their cheap antics. They know what Okonjo-Iweala stands for. They know that she is working for the good of Nigeria as a whole. They know she has the courage of her convictions. They know she loves Nigeria. That is why these conscienceless people will fail so that Nigeria can rise…

(Statement Signed by Umar M.Farouk,chief of operations, Miss Janet Akinlami,director of press and Sylvia N. Okonkwo,director of legal affairs,GGTC,Abuja)

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