Femi Adesina: The fact that Buhari got low votes from South East doesn't mean Igbo are against him/ Femi Adesina

Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says Igbo are not against his principal as often insinuated in some quarters.

Adesina, who made the claim in an article on Friday, said the President has ensurefairness in his handling of the country regardless of inherent partisan interests in the polity.

According to him, the fact that Buhari got low votes from the South East region during the 2015 and 2019 elections should not be interpreted to mean the region's hatred for him.

He said: “Despite the sparse number of votes in the South East in 2015 and 2019 elections, would we be right to say the entire region is arrayed against the President? Not so.

“After the 2015 election was won, I remember a piece I wrote in Daily Sun Newspaper, under the headline, ‘Igbo Heroes of Change.’ I mentioned people who contributed significantly to the Buhari victory like Chief Ralph Obiora, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, Hon Juventus Ojukwu, Osita Okechukwu, and many others.

“Also today, we have great admirers of the President from the South East, and some of them will stand by him through thick and thin. I am talking of people like Joe Igbokwe, Dr Uche Diala , Peter Claver Oparah, Emeka Oparah, Dr Kelechi Nwagwu, Zara Gift Oyinye, Jewel Ifunaya Chika, Dr Emmanuel Nwusulor, Anozie Emeka, Abuchi Anueyiagu, Egondu Okorie,and uncountable others, which space won’t permit me to mention.

“For President Buhari, when he does anything in any part of the country, he does it because it’s the right and fair thing to do. Most of the 69 projects going on in the South East had been awarded before 2015.

“But they were never funded. The President reversed the trend, and most of them are proceeding apace, and will be legacies by the time the man exits from office.”

The presidential spokesman lauded several Igbo leaders backing his principal including Billionaire oil magnate Arthur Eze, who said “the president is man of the moment for the Igbo and the entire south-east”.