The owners of Nigeria met yesterday to decide the way forward. Was there any Igbo person there? Wait, you will say Igbo governors, but in the Council of State, do governors have any serious say? They speak through the chairman of the Governor’s Forum, mind you.
See the positions that give one a strong voice in the council of State
President: Muhammadu Buhari
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan
Former heads of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.)
Former chairman of the defunct Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan
Senate president, Bukola Saraki;
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara;
All living former Chief Justices of Nigeria (none is Igbo)
Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami,
All the 36 state governors (5 Igbos)
What they do:
The council has the constitutional duties of advising the president in the exercise of his powers with respect to national census, prerogative of mercy, award of national honours, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Judicial Council and the National Population Commission. It also has the responsibility of advising the president whenever requested to do so, on the maintenance of public order within the federation or any part thereof.
Note, these people put in words for their people while officially ‘advising’. Who puts in word for the Igbos?