A few hours after Raymond Dokpesi rejected the south- east presidency due to the belief that an Igbo President may work toward giving independence to the south- east, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has made it known that the president does not hate the Igbo people and he is not against the emergence of the South- East candidate as leaders in 2023.
On Monday, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the director- general of Nigerian firm corporation stated that the president loves all the regions in the country and he does not favor one over the other.
During an interview, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe stated that it is a pity that some people have made up false narratives about President Buhari and the South- East region. As long as President Buhari is concerned, he said the president is not a hater of the Igbos and he does not hate the region or their leaders.
Dr. Chidia Maduekwe stated that president Muhammadu Buhari has helped the Igbos in the past.
Speaking of how he helped the Igbos, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe said ” There is no way Buhari will hate the Igbo people and in 2003 he picked late Chuba Okadigbo, an eminent Igbo man, as his presidential running mate. In 2007, he also selected another prominent Igbo man, Chief Edwin Ume- Ezeoke, as his running mate. ”
Speaking about his emergence as the president of Nigeria in 2015, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe said ” In 2015, between 60 percent and 70 percent of the political appointments were skewed in favor of the South- South and South- East. ”
” When he came in, he tried to create a balance and he has done this in line with the federal character principle of ensuring equity in the sharing of political offices. ”
Speaking about the infrastructural development under the administration of President Buhari, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe said ” The money the president is borrowing is tied to infrastructure and projects. Jonathan’ s administration raked in 400 billion dollars, Buhari’ s administration has barely 100 billion dollars. ”
” Maduekwe also spoke on the nation’ s film industry, his programs and policy initiatives to reposition and drive the sector to greater prosperity. ”
” Also, the nation’ s music and film industry had remained the arrowhead of the entertainment industry across the globe. According to the report by the National Bureau of Statistics, it is the second- largest employment- generating industry, after agriculture. ”
” The corporation had set up a mobile film school and had plans to replicate it in strategic states of the federation to train upcoming artists in the film production value chain. ”
” Also, the organization had signed a memorandum of understanding with Nestle Plc and the National Communications Commission. The essence of the collaboration was to make Nigeria a film entrepreneurial hub in Africa and the world. “