President Muhammadu Buhari’s Lopsided Appointments

Nigerians are getting angrier by the day as President Muhammadu Buhari continues to disappoint Nigerians with his appointments.

Buhari’s-appointments

“I belong to everybody. I belong to nobody.”

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That was the golden statement or word on the marble credited to President Muhammadu Buhari in his Inauguration Speech on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

With that particular statement, among other highlights of his Inaugural speech, the nation that has been put in a reverse gear and in a state of despondency suddenly seemed to be revived and had her hope rekindled that her tomorrow would be better and alright.

But some of us refused to be cajoled by that statement. The contents of our reminder entitled, “President Buhari belongs to somebody”, widely published online and by national newspapers like The PUNCH, say it all. In that article, we debunked that particular statement and remarked that the President actually belonged to the North (especially the Hausa/Fulani) where he hails from the All Progressives Congress (the party that produced him as its presidential standard-bearer).

But some Nigerians, found it difficult to be on the same page with us on the views expressed in that article. Although this writer is also a supporter of President Buhari, definitely not a blind supporter or follower. I belong to a section of supporters who still have their eyes wide open and regularly point out the pitfalls that the new administration may not be conscious of. And true to the prophetic insight clearly expressed in our article then, the President has begun to come up with his appointments which clearly show where he belongs: The North.

President Buhari rattled everybody including his party leaders whom God used to work for his good success at the presidential poll against all odds.

The clear cut lopsidedness in the recent appointments into boards of parastatals and key sectors of the economy and the security apparatus has left no one in doubt of where Buhari’s spirit, soul and body belong – the North with particular reference to the Hausa/Fulani. This unfolding scenario seems to have left the ruling APC rattled. No one is sure of the President’s next move. Not even his presumed advisers or handlers from the South-West could predict him. He has clearly shown to them that the statement in his inaugural speech credited to him was just a political statement to cool down the nerves of Nigerians and the tension in the land then. And if anybody still chose to believe that statement, that person might still be living in a fool’s paradise and might have refused to awake and see the realities on the ground.

Consequently, the President’s high popularity rating at his inauguration has begun to drop. And anybody that thinks otherwise must be an Unidentified Foreign Object living in another planet. But for these shortcomings, lopsidedness in key political and military/security appointments, pockets of extreme cases of religious intolerance, inability to find lasting solutions to the Niger Delta militancy/criminality that has spread beyond its region to other geopolitical regions like the South-East and the South-West, the nation would have heaved a sigh of relief of moving in the right direction towards our Promised land where Nigeria will be truly great and occupy her eminent position in the comity of nations.

Despite all these shortcomings, a living dog is still better than a dead lion when this new administration is compared to the one that preceded

it when the economy was comatose and corruption in high places seemed to be the order of the day.

Politics apart, the nation was almost dying before this administration came on board and God has used it to inject some life into it. But having crossed our Red Sea and heading towards our Canaan land, the nation is currently stranded in the wilderness and hoping for a new sense of direction except our current set of Moses and Aaron find solutions to the aforementioned shortcomings and desist from their current policy of sectionalism and aloofness.

Nevertheless, the good news is that God will never leave this nation stranded. He will still come to our rescue as we continue to look up to him.

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8 Comments

  1. Simple Head of FRSC that you could have checked on Google, you still made a mistake! Haba!!! So, after reading your write up, wetin you want make we do?

  2. The president can appoint anybody from anywhere he likes. I don’t care which tribe is in which position. When obasanjo was there and he was my tribe what did he di for me personally or for my tribe. When jona was there what did he do for his people. The niger delta is still undeveloped. So what is all this rubbish talk all about. Some people just want to divide us and cause confusion simply because they are not appointed into office. So the country should burn .
    Ordinary people dont care who the hell is in what office or position

  3. @Ola, As the writer stated, this is a country of six geopolitical regions where positions are shared to make all feel belonged. That has being the reason where a Northerner with diploma Arabic or Islamic studies or Law mostly from Ahmadu Bello University gets Director General or Director of Finance and Supplies in NAPISM, NPA as Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, while your sister a Yoruba woman with LLM and BL, a full lawyer works under that man. This what the nation Nigeria termed, Federal Character. So, the more educated and qualified slave for the uneducated to give a sense of belonging. This Federal Character matter was introduced by General Muritala in 1975 to date and into the Democratic era. So, what happen now? That is what is being discussed. Or are you not aware, almost all South-South. South East Generals to Lt. Colonels were recently retired compulsorily by Mohamed Buhari? Does that make any sense to you. It is not a matter of specific persons benefiting from holding office. But a sense of belonging of a Federation made of different people other than Hausa Fulani which the President is one. Nepotism is the word for the way and matter the appointments have been made. Nepotism and favoritism makes up the elements of CORRUPTION. Please look up your dictionary. While Stealing is the taking without the consent of the owner of property, thing, money with the intent to deny the own the use or benefit of it permanently. So, nepotism and favoritism of the President’s brothers in almost all Federal appointment is then the real corruption which the government is fighting for a better Nigeria. Corruption does include not only persons who used their position in public office to enrich themselves and friends, it also include appointments unfavorably, and unjustly made to favour only a particular people to the disadvantage of others; and against the spirit of the ‘Federal Character’ principle which the Hausa-Fulani have being the greatest beneficiaries.

  4. Less we do about Federal Character. The question that should be asked is were the people appointed from outside the parastatals or the most qualified? If we continue to say my brother from the West or East must be appointed to certain position, the spirit of oneness in Nigeria will die a sudden death. Let the people who are qualified be in position and ensure he or she performs very well. In Buhari admnistration, the Yoruba hold very important positions: Health, Work, Housing and Power and Finance. The South-south is in Budget and Planning. The East is in Labour. What do we want, just criticism. The Christians would not want their children to go into politics as it is seen as being corrupt and dangerous. May God help us.

  5. If we are loyal to the cause of Nigeria, it really should not matter which zone gets what appointment. So let us learn to be Nigerian citizens loyal to the Nigerian national sovereignty and able and willing to defend her with all we’ve got. At the moment everyone is reacting like the tribes men defending ethnic rites, there is none to fight for Nigeria, our supposed nation. You know how it is – no citizens no nation. So let us find the answer to this question. Do we really have a nation yet or just a collection of ethnic groups assembled in the space called Nigeria?

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