These saying the Igbo hate Buhari are enemies of progress – Ezike – Vanguard

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By Emma Nnadozie

He was the Nationwide Coordinator of ‘I consider in President Buhari’, a gaggle that sprang up throughout Buhari’s first marketing campaign for the presidency and he waxed so sturdy that he was in a position to garner large followers from nearly all of the states of the federation.

Frank Ramsey Ezike, who additionally prides himself as an activist, on this interview, says he stays undaunted in his perception in Buhari, stating that his anger is that enemies are casting the Igbo in dangerous gentle earlier than the President.

Buhari’s fifth anniversary

In the course of the marketing campaign of President Buhari in 2019, it was very robust being on his facet, as a result of I’m Igbo; and most Igbo have been made to see him as very harsh. We knew that we’ll have a herculean activity and we went to an incredible extent to right that inaccurate impression of Buhari.

We selected the slogan, ‘I consider in Buhari 2019’, with a view to correcting that impression and we’re blissful to say that, on the finish of the day, we have been vindicated. I do know that he’s working exhausting, solely that those that encompass him blocked a number of issues for us the residents to see the advantages of his regime.


He has achieved rather a lot. Let me begin from the South-East as a result of what President Buhari has achieved within the area, no President has ever accomplished that. His achievements are obtrusive and unquantifiable to discerning Nigerians.

For the 16 years that PDP dominated Nigeria, the South-East didn’t profit something despite the truth that they dominated nearly all the important thing positions beneath Goodluck Jonathan. As an example, Obasanjo promised to restore the Second Niger Bridge, however we didn’t see something. Beneath Jonathan, the scenario was the identical.

However, behold, it’s a actuality immediately, nearly 80 per cent accomplished, courtesy of Buhari. Speak about all South-East roads or are we going to speak in regards to the agricultural side? Buhari developed the angle of investing in agriculture, as a result of, if not for it, in the course of the outbreak of Covid-19, Nigerians would have perished.

Had it been that we trusted importation of rice and another issues in Nigeria, it will have been disastrous, however the cause the plenty are consuming immediately is as a result of many individuals are investing in native manufacturing in agriculture. We now have been in a position to patronize our native farmers; with out that, a bag of rice would have been bought for N100, 000 throughout this Covid-19 period.

So, what I’m saying is that the Igbo love Buhari, and I do know that he loves us. However, the issue is that the communication hyperlink we’re purported to have shouldn’t be there. It’s so yawning that it has created doubts. They need to make him accessible to most of us who labored for him. I began the marketing campaign in 2018 earlier than electioneering campaigns even began.

I inaugurated my state and zonal coordinators for all of the 36 states of Nigeria. The occasion occurred in a lodge at Anthony village, Lagos, the place I introduced all of the 36 states coordinators and took care of their flight tickets, lodge lodging and their welfare. We had all coordinators, all the way down to the grassroots throughout all of the 774 native governments and powered by ‘Savers Empowerment Ambassadors Initiative’, which I occurred to be the coordinator. I nonetheless consider in President Muhammadu Buhari, figuring out full nicely that Nigeria won’t be good in a single day. They are saying {that a} journey of a thousand miles begins with a daring step.

Allegations of marginalization

What I’m saying is that every one the six geo-political zones must be given a transparent sense of belonging and no one ought to really feel marginalized. We the Igbo love him, there have been numerous those that voted President Buhari within the South-East. So, the inaccurate impression being created that easterners hate Buhari shouldn’t be true. There’s something I wish to inform you, in the course of the presidential election, one political occasion provided me one billion naira to promote my construction by one in every of my zonal coordinators from the North, and I rejected it, with out even getting a dime from Buhari or APC as a authorities, however, as a result of I like Buhari, I refused to promote that construction to them, and I thank God he gained after every little thing, and I do know he’ll do rather a lot.

The construction

‘I consider in Buhari’ construction remains to be there and intact. Any time our providers are wanted by Buhari, we’re prepared to offer it.

Recommendation on tips on how to carry everyone alongside

I consider that Mr. President will carry everybody alongside, at the very least this outbreak of Covid-19 has taught everybody a lesson that we’re one. He has been doing so, however he ought to put extra efforts. He ought to put extra effort into safety. The police, the DSS and our troopers are working, however extra must be accomplished on safety. When it comes to corruption, he deserves accolades for his steadfastness and tenacity of objective despite the percentages.

On Boko Haram

Boko Haram has been there earlier than Mr. President got here, and he has been doing every little thing he might to cease the menace. So, we consider that in due time, every little thing will return to normalcy.

Convincing the Igbo on Buhari

I preserve speaking to my folks, like in the course of the marketing campaign time in my LGA in Nnewi South, I made certain that I defined the aims of Buhari to our individuals who had not been opportune to take heed to information, and lots of of them believed and voted for him.

On northern teams fleeing to the South

What I do know is that some individuals are making an attempt to create panic in our folks, it’s low cost politics. I consider that our governors usually are not sleeping. Do you assume they are going to fold their arms and watch the folks they’re governing to simply perish? We now have safety companies over there, we now have Commissioners of Police, we now have military barracks, so I don’t assume what they’re saying is true.

On compensation for Buhari supporters

They need to consider what Buhari informed us, that individuals ought to vote for him primarily based on his credibility, which was what he informed us after we visited him. He doesn’t consider in giving out cash to marketing campaign for him. We should always not have a look at the fabric issues we’d profit from him, what we must be speaking about is the infrastructures and good issues we’d profit from the federal government.

Recommendation to Nigerians

Nigerians must be affected person, Nigeria may even be good. US and different nations they’re speeding to immediately didn’t begin the identical day that Nigeria authorities began, so, they need to be affected person and love each other.


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