The Chairman, South-East Senators Caucus, Senator Ennyinnaya Abaribe, has noted with concern the seemingly outright neglect of the Igbo nation in the distribution of N5,000 to the poorest of the poor by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Recently, the federal government rolled out names of nine states of the federation as the first batch of beneficiaries of the N5,000 social intervention fund. No state in the South East geopolitical zone was included among the recipient states mentioned.
Reacting on the development, Abaribe lamented that it was wrong for the operators of the programme to have willfully or unwillingly excluded the entire five states of the South East in the first batch of the distribution.
He wondered why the ruling APC government should make a policy that excludes ethic group such as the South East in the sharing formula of national cake as though there are no poor people in the zone.
He said: “I think this is not a question for me who belongs to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), rather the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) should be in the position to answer that question whether they can make a policy which excludes the South East. (The Authority)