President Muhammadu Buhari has debunked claims that he marginalised the Southeast in his appointments.
According to Buhari, he was fair in his appointments of ministers from the Southeast despite getting low votes from the region in 2015.
The president disclosed this during an interview aired on Arise Television on Monday.
He said: “Somebody made an observation (and I made it clear for the first time) that I was not patronising the Igbo from the south-east. I took the paper from him, I told him that when I won the election, I studied the amount of votes I got from all the geopolitical zones.
“I said I got 198,000 something from the whole of the Southeast; 198, 000 which virtually any local government can give me. But I appointed ministers of foreign affairs, minister of labour, minister of industries and investment, minister of science and tech.
“But these four, I never knew them from Adam. But from seven states of the north, I have ministers of states, they are under these ministers. How fair do you want me to be?
“So I threw him away with his paper.”