The Igbo ethnic nationality will not beg for appointments from the incoming Federal Government, according to its umbrella socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
It also deplored the recent visit to the President-elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, by some people who claimed to be representing Igbo during which they apologised for the mass rejection of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in many states of the South East at the last election.
General Buhari, the candidate of the APC, defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Ohanaeze, on Thursday, noted that appointments were constitutional obligations of every President of Nigeria, irrespective of the voting pattern of a people in an election.
The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Dr. Chris Eluomunoh, who spoke in his capacity as the chairman of state presidents’ forum of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising seven Igbo speaking states, addressed the press in Awka, Anambra State.
He noted that as an integral part of Nigeria, the Igbo nation must get its due share in the country as a matter of right.
Eluemunoh maintained that the Igbo had no regrets voting for President Goodluck Jonathan, stressing that the circumstance of the time made the voting pattern necessary.
“We didn’t vote for Jonathan because we didn’t like Buhari. The circumstance of the moment made our voting proper, and we don’t regret it.
“Nobody can intimidate the Igbo because of the way we voted in that election; neither shall we beg anybody for appointments because we didn’t vote for him.
“Every zoning arrangement for appointments in this country must include the Igbo. So those who called themselves Ohanaeze elders, who went to beg for appointments for Ndigbo, were on their own. They are not speaking for us.
“Ohanaeze is not partisan. At the appropriate time, we shall meet with the President-elect to chart a course for the country.”