Buhari Defends Appointment Of Northerners

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, defended the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal and five others.

The president had appointed alongside Lawal, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President; Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Mr. Kure Martins Abeshi, Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) and Hon. Suleiman Kawu, SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives). The appointments, announced on Thursday, had sparked reactions, with reports of complaints in some quarters that they tilted in favour of the North.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari’s political appointments will balance out soon.

Adesina spoke on a radio programme, Political Platform, on RayPower 100.5FM. “Nobody can fault the fact that the persons appointed were appointed on merits,” he said.

“In terms of the spread, the President has prerogative to appoint and he knows there is federal character. I am sure that there will be balance in the future.

“These are still early days. At the end of the day, we will have a balance.

“By the time more appointments are made, it will balance out. The President is trying to get the very best of Nigerians. The issue of key positions and no key positions should not be the issue.

“He gave a deadline of September for the appointment of ministers and he will keep to it.”

In a similar reaction, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu urged Nigerians to be patient with the president.

“These appointments are just beginning. The ones down so far, apart from the security services, are mostly of people acting as unofficial advisers or staff of the President.

“They are mostly men and women who have been doing things for the President and the positions are being formalised.

“Statistically, the appointments don’t amount to five per cent of what is to come. There will be ministers, heads of government departments, federal boards and ambassadors.

“At the end of the exercise, no part of the country will be left feeling left out,” Shehu said.

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9 Comments

  • I BELIEVE THE WHOLE INSINUATION IS JUST TO GIVE DOG A BAD NAME AND HANG IT. THE VULTURES ARE HUNGRY LOOKING FOR POLITICAL APPIONTMENT BUT REVERSE ISTHE CASE, BUHARI MEAN WELL FOR NIGERIA. NIGERIANS NEED TO BE PATIENCE TO SEE BUHARI REVOLUTIONIZE THE CORRUPT SYSTEM FORMER EMBECILE PRESIDENT PUT NIGERIA

    • And Buhari will deal with the corrupt system by probing only GEJ’s government, condoning the main culprits and appointing them to positions of trust, then by dividing Nigeria into North and South and rubbishing the Constitution produced by the Military. Non sense. Maybe you people think that you are talking to idiots who have no sense of reasoning. Drowning in corruption and claiming to fight corruption. We are watchers and are obviously watching.

  • Governance is like a football team “you select the best players ” A WINNING TEAM”
    President Buhari’s task is to get Nigerians from where they are to where they have not been
    A quick reminder :
    Why are we not ranting about Federal Character in super eagles?
    I b northerners no get good players ????
    Nigeria Squad:
    Coach -Oliseh ogochukwu -South
    Assistant coach-Salisu Yusuf
    Goalkeepers:
    (1)Vincent Enyeama -South
    (2)Carl Ikeme -South
    Defenders:
    (3)Leon Balogun -South
    (4)Kingsley Madu -South
    (5)Godfrey Oboabona -South
    (6)William Troost Ekong -South
    (7)Kenneth Omeruo -South
    Midfielders:
    (8)Joel Obi -South
    (9)Izunna Ernest Uzochukwu -South
    (10) Obiora Nwankwo -South
    (11)Lukman Haruna -South
    (12)Rabiu Ibrahim -North
    Forwards:
    (13)Ahmed Musa -North
    (14)Emem Eduok -South
    (15)Emmanuel Emenike -South
    (16)Anthony Ujah -South
    (17)Sylvester Igboun -South
    (18)Moses Simon -South
    Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
    Steve Jobs
    Take Note :The principle of federal character as enshrined in the constitution only covers appointments into the federal executive council (FEC) such as ministers…
    The appointments so far has not breached the principle of federal character.

  • I dont think Femi Adesina knows what he is talking about, for these northerners to merit the appointment does it mean there is no better person in the south? If Buhari will balance the appointments why dint he appoint the southerners first? We should identify our mistakes and think of how to correct them instead of pretending that all is well and dieing silently.

  • am dissiappointed what are we saying does mean theres no southerner who is capable who made him our president either we like it or nt tinubu nominate him where are d northerner then he will balance up when?

  • does this Adesina thinks we are gullible. so it is only the norths that are more qualified to occupy the sensitive positions latter the corrupt south wil fill the irrelevant positions. so the change mantra is all about north being free from corruption and all other region corrupt. hahahaaa change my foot

  • Whatever Buhari decides I believe it’s best for Nigerians, reasons been that, the so called federal character that the Last administration claims to practice, how good did it affect the Nigerian. I just believe buhari has got it all worked out. If he likes let him appoint his sons and daughters, so long as they deliver Nigerians let him do it. Rubbish baseless complaints from senseless self centered individuals who have never had any good plans for Nigeria. Ahead ahead sir.

  • Whatsoever president PMB wil not put our in shame course what all I believe is he’s patriotic and he can pointout intellect ppl 4rm were ever they are

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