When silence is not golden…



A national newspaper penultimate Saturday gave a graphic detail of how all key security appointments under the watch of President Muhammadu BuhariAPC have gone to the North to the chagrin of the South. Former President Goodluck Jonathan and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo were fair to the North in the way critical appointments were made to reflect Federal character, which had since been wilfully trampled underfoot. Buhari’s appointments have whimsically ignored the South while piling the plate of the North full of all the largesse, to use Buhari’s own words. So, while the North had its fair share of appointments under leaders from the South – even more than its fair share – the South has been thoroughly and unabashedly marginalised under a leader from the North. According to the newspaper in question, of 17 key security appointments, the North bagged 14 while the entire South has only three. The South-west has two, the South-south, one while the South-east got zero allocation. The critical offices in possession of the North include the Army, National Security Adviser, Minister of Defence, the EFCC, Air Force, Police, DSS, Civil Defence, National Emergency Management Agency, Customs, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Immigrations Service, Prison Service, and the Ministry of the Interior (which declared an unprecedented three days of holiday for Eid-el-Fitri festival last week!) Such impunity! In addition to all of these, the North also holds the critical positions of Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation; not to talk of Principal Secretary to the President, CSO, Aide-de-Camp and other important agencies of government.

Since the expose, mum has been the word from presidential spokespersons. That silence, in my opinion, means a lot. Journalists are generally known to be on the side of fairness and equity; it may …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper