The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has called on President Bola Tinubu to consider more slots for the South-east region in line with the Federal Character principle.
Kalu, in a statement issued Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Press Affairs, Udora Orizu, also appealed to the president to consider more slots for the region in the interest of justice and equity.
The Deputy Speaker also commended the president for fulfilling his promise of having more women and youths in his cabinet.
He said: “I commend our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his choice of ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The president showed magnanimity and fairness by including more women and youths in his cabinet, fulfilling his campaign promises.
“However I appeal to His Excellency to kindly consider more slots for the South-east region in line with the Federal Character principle espoused in Section 5(a) (b) Part 3, Section 4(b) Part 1 of the Federal Character Commission Act. I know Mr President as a magnanimous leader, and I appeal to him in the interest of justice, equity to give more slots to the South-east.
“I congratulate my sisters and brothers from the South-east on their confirmation by the Senate and urge them to key into the president’s agenda for a new Nigeria.”
Kalu also congratulated his former colleagues in the 9th Assembly, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo and Hon. Yusuf Sununu, on their successful screening exercise by the Senate.
He said he has no doubt that Tunji-Ojo, and a former Deputy Majority Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, would be good ambassadors of the House of Representatives and by extension the National Assembly.