South West Nigeria took the lion share of the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari since he took office on 29 May 2015, information from the Nigerian presidency appears to show.
According to a list of 157 appointments provided from Aso Rock on Saturday, November 4, 2017, South West Nigerians took 38, followed by the North West, Buhari’s region, which took 30.
North East and South East took 23 slots each, while North Central took 21 and South South 22.
The figures and names were provided in response to allegations that President Buhari had favoured the Northern part of the country in the appointments announced so far.
The publication attempted to prove to the contrary.
Rather the South of Nigeria accounted for 83 of the posts while the North took 74.
Buhari’s presidency has been dogged with allegations of favouritism toward the North of the country, where the president comes from.
The former military dictator has been criticised for being parochial, sectional, and divisive in his leadership style.
Early in his tenure, he made the 97% vs 5% remark indicating that his regime would favour areas that gave him a high percentage of votes while neglecting those who voted for his opponent, former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Presidency has described as `divisive, mischievous and misleading a newspaper article, titled, “81 of Buhari’s 100 appointees are Northerners’’.
Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesperson, said the article, published by Business Day, was meant to portray the Buhari administration in bad light.
Adesina stated that the article was either an ignorant effort or a mischievous attempt by the publication to mislead the public.
According to him, the publication’s inconsistencies and selective reportage are questionable and divisive with its many misleading statements that should be taken with a pinch of salt.