I got only 198,000 votes from south East, yet they have four ministers – Buhari6

I got only 198,000 votes from south East, yet they have four ministers – Buhari6

President Muhammadu Buhari has debunk claims that he is ethnic bias, explaining that while seven states of the North are only represented in his cabinet by ministers of state, the South East, where he got only 198,000 votes at the 2015 presidential elections have four substantive ministers as well as seven junior ministers.

This is even as he has explained why he does not make decisions in a hurry despite criticisms that has trailed his actions or inactions on some burning national issues.

Speaking at a dinner where he hosted chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Thursday, President Buhari said he is fully aware of the issues confronting the country and that he is guided by historical antecedents.

He said he decided to host the party chiefs in order to assure them that he was aware of the country’s problems and he would always reflect on the incidents that preceded his assumption of office.

“I felt I had to invite you to let us eat together and I tell you that I am sitting here very much aware of the problem in this country. I will always reflect on historical antecedents.

Buhari again recalled his days in the military which he described as days he was quite reckless and young, including pronouncing ministers and governors guilty until they prove otherwise.

He said, “I keep telling people that while I was in uniform, quite reckless and young, I got all the ministers and governors, and put them in Kirikiri. I said they were guilty until they could prove their innocence. I was also detained too.

“I decided to drop the uniform and come back. Eventually, I am here. So really, I have gone through it over and over again.

“This is why I am not in a hurry virtually to do anything. I will sit and reflect and continue with my clear conscience.”

Elaborating more that contrary to claims he that he is not favouring the North as being speculated in some quarters, the President said, “There is something that hit me very hard and I am happy I hit it back at somebody.

“Seven states of the North are only represented in my cabinet by junior ministers, ministers of state.

“In South East, I got 198,000 votes but I have four substantive ministers and seven junior ministers from there.

“You are closer to the people than myself now that I have been locked up here, don’t allow anybody to talk of ethnicity. It is not true,” he said.

President further noted that during the days he struggled to become the President, he enjoyed the supports of people of other ethnic groups and religious affiliations.

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