Buhari moves to calm outrage over ‘lopsided’ appointments


Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
Nigerian presidency swiftly moved to calm nerves on Friday as angry reaction trailed Thursday’s appointment of two key kitchen staff of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The accusation which was especially from the Southern part of the country accused Buhari of “Northernisation agenda.” Social Media was also awash with the Northern Agenda of Buhari.
So far, out of the 42 appointments made by the President, 35 are occupied by northerners and this has drawn some concerns.
The President who hails from Katsina state, Northwest Nigeria, had appointed his long time political associate, Engr. David Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and former banker, Alhaji Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff.
The new SGF hails from Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State while the COS hails from Borno State in the Northeast of the country.
In the appointment which was announced by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the President on media and publicity, the President also announced four other appointees- Col. Haeed Ali (retd.) Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Kure Martin Abeshi (Nassarawa, North Central) as Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom, South south ) as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters on Senate and Hon. Suleiman Kawu (Kano, North West) as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives).
Only one of the six appointees is from the Southern Nigeria, a fact which attracted instant criticisms and uproar across the country immediately the appointments were made public in a statement by Adesina.
Critics who backed up their criticisms with analysis of the appointments made by the President since he was sworn- in argued that Thursday’s series of appointments run against expectations that the President will select his Chief of Staff and SGF from either the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper