The minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, recently granted Thisday an interview where he said that the marginalization the South East is supposedly failing right now from the government is because they failed to support the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket during the 2015 general election.
Ngige in the interview said the marginalization that the Igbos are complaining was caused them. According to him, he asked the Igbo leaders to vote for Buhari since the Jonathan administration had failed in its duty but the Igbo leaders refused.
“Before the government of Jonathan failed, I went to all the Igbo fora to tell them that the Jonathan government will fall. I went to our Eze Ndi-Igbo in Enugu twice. They could not even reply to a letter written Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, seeking for a meeting with them. They refused to listen to me, and to make matter worse, there was no voting in most of the areas in the South-east; they just allocated 5 per cent to APC. It was that bad, it is too late to cry when the head is off. Politics is business in a way, you invest in business and you reap profit. Yes, that is what it is. But all I want to tell you is that we played bad politics. We made a bad investment because they invested in the Jonathan presidency. They invested in Jonathan more than the South-south, where he hails from. I am not saying that is enough to marginalise them or not allow them come in but we are there. I will continue to speak for them and when there is anything to be distributed, we will make sure that the South-east gets its own portion. But they will not get excess portion”he said in the interview
Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who appears not to buy Ngige’s ideology, took to his twitter handle to shade the Minister. See FFK’s tweet below