Appointments: Arewa Youths, Ezeife, Others Blast Buhari Over ‘Northern Agenda’

Appointments: Arewa Youths, Ezeife, Others Blast Buhari Over ‘Northern Agenda’

By News Desk | The Trent on August 28, 2015
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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, shown here on June 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Following the appointment of several key government positions by President Muhammadu Buhari, several notable Nigerians have come out to condemn the president over the sectional nature of his appointments so far.

Reacting to the situation, the President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, described the situation as unfortunate.

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He said: “It is unfortunate the way the situation is, because one becomes worried. We must be seen to be nationalistic than being sectionalised. I am beginning to feel uncomfortable because the complaint is that the appointments are seen to be lopsided. I also do not think that is the intention of the government. However, no matter how we pretend, the reality is that things are not done in the right way.

“The government should be seen to be more nationalistic than sectionalised. If we truly believe in true federalism and federal character, it should go round. We cannot say that a particular area has the best brains in the country. I think the government should look into that area thoroughly in as much as the President has good intentions.”

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Also reacting to the development, former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife said the South Eastern region is being marginalised by President Buhari.

His words: “I do not know the rationale behind those appointments. No South-East person is in those appointments. So I am not interested.”

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On his part a retired Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav said: “I see the appointments as lopsided. Nigeria is too big to have majority of the appointees from one section of the country.  We have competent people in every part of Nigeria. For that reason, he (Buhari) should spread the appointments to every part of Nigeria.

“If he  (Buhari) is looking for honest people, there are honest people in every part of Nigeria, just as we have dishonest people in every part. Most Nigerians voted for him, even those who did not vote for him are his subjects and he is bound to carry every one along.”

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