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Appointments: Obioha Urges Tinubu To Try New Blood, Avoid Marginalisation  



A chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Chief Ralph Obioha, has advised President Bola Tinubu to be fair in his appointments at the federal level and ensure no section of the country is marginalised.  
Speaking to AN24 in an exclusive interview in Lagos, Obioha, a Second Republic member of the House of Representatives, implored President Tinubu to try new blood.
The NADECO chieftain also called for a reduction in the cost of governance, advising public officeholders to curb unnecessary spending and focus on the growth and development of the country.
He said: “If I were him (President Tinubu) since we belong to the same Nigeria, I will reserve every position the Northerners have held as if it is their birthright. I would reverse all of them and give it to those who have been screaming marginalisation.
“I will advise President Tinubu to try new blood. If I receive a phone call from President Bola Tinubu today, telling me, ‘Ralph, please come and run this ministry for me,’ I will say, President Tinubu, thank you very much. I cannot for two reasons. Age; because I don’t want to go to the office and start falling asleep.
“There is a need for us to try the youths. One, they are less tribalised. Secondly, they have the image. They have the knowledge and you can see the wonders they are performing.”
Obioha while speaking on the rising insecurity in Nigeria, commended the plan of the South-East leaders to meet President Tinubu on the violence in the zone and implored the President to listen and act on their requests.
“I believe their (South-East leaders) plan is a very good idea. The urgency to hold this meeting cannot be underestimated in any way whatsoever. I will urge that the President listens and acts on it. I have seen the entire policies of the last government, and I know that President Bola Tinubu will not tow that same line,” he said.
Obioha also called for the release of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, saying his release will douse the tension in the South-East. “I believe what they (IPOB) are asking for is because of the marginalisation that is obvious in Nigeria. Nobody can pretend that there is no marginalisation.
“The Federal Government has two options. Number one is to correct the marginalisation and it is very simple to do. If President Bola Ahmed Tinubu makes a national broadcast and recognises that South-East people are being marginalised by other Nigerians, I am giving you a firm assurance that that statement alone would earn him the admiration of a vast majority of South-Easterners.”
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