Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation for having the uncommon courage to take plausible decisions in the appointments he has so far made, rather than condemnation.
He said the appointments were based on merits and not political sentiments or ethnic consideration as some tribal jingoists would want Nigerians to believe.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, the Edo governor said it was time to use the best hands to confront the peculiarity of the country’s problems and not descend to the level of geopolitical balancing.
He was reacting to concerns expressed by Nigerians that the president’s appointments are lopsided in favour of the North – where he hails from – and the violation of federal character principle in the appointments.
But Oshiomhole insisted that unusual methods should be used to solve an unusual problem, adding that the level of decay required very seasoned hands and incorruptible Nigerians that would help to translate the APC agenda of change for the benefit of all Nigerians.
“We must not reduce governance to political patronage of bread and butter. The Comrade Governor wishes them well in their new jobs of helping to sanitize a system that has become so rotten and corrupt as a result of manifest incompetence and mismanagement.
“If we must make a huge difference in the lives of Nigerians, things must be done differently. We cannot continue to apply same template in the recruitment of persons and expect different results. The new appointees are Nigerians who have served the country in different capacities before now and deserved every bit of our cooperation and support to make them excel in their new jobs”, the statement said.
He congratulated the Chief of Staff, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Comptroller General of Customs and wished them well in their new jobs.