President Buhari’s Appointments Are Based On Ethnicity And Religious Bias
A geographical area called Nigeria is a plural society with about 500 ethnic nationalities living together. It is divided into 36 states with a Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. It has a balanced population also of Christians and Muslims, and to have been practicing Presidential System of democracy, which we believe is only in theory.
Since President Buhari came into power, we discovered that the rundown of the appointment he made favoured his political zone, the North West more. For example, the number of appointments he made, 26 offices went to the North West, 9 appointments went to the South South, South West got 4 appointments, and the Middle-Belt (North Central) got 4 appointments. The South East, who licked the sand, got only 1 appointment.
The sharing of the appointments has been receiving negative comments from the public, and yet the President has not thought it fit to rectify the appointments. The President is insensitive to the feelings of the general public, and he remains uncaring.
The appointments do not promote unity and peace in the country, and are grossly in violation of the principle of the Federal Character with impunity. Section 171, Sub-section 5 of the 1999 Constitution of the country, as amended, provides that the President in exercising his powers of appointments under this Section shall have regard to the Federal Character of the country and the need to promote national unity. The President has been insensitive to issues of the appointments, which is one of the key areas to promote unity and peace.
The most worrisome appointments have been in key security units of the country. For example:
- Director-General Department of States Service is Muslim North.
- Minister of Defence is Muslim North.
- Ministry of Internal Affairs is Muslim North.
- National Security Adviser is Muslim North.
- Economic and Financial Crime Commission is Muslim North.
The intelligence services are Islamic institution and not Nigerian institution. You cannot run a multi-national country in this manner.
The year 1900 marks the era when it emerged as a political unit known to the world and to us that live in it. Buhari’s appointment is strikingly the products of the influence of ruling powers cultural against any change as a deliberate policy; thus, making the rest of us subservient.
The lopsided appointments are a result of the imbalance structure of the country, which continues to breed suspicion and communication gap between the government and the governed. Besides, it has greatly reduced all forms of contacts between the various ethnic groups and the agitators of the Riverine areas of the country.
Nigeria is one of the most unjust places in the world because this is not a way to run a government, because to keep this country one, there must be fairness, justice and equity. If we want the country to consider itself as part of the civilized world, we have to carry all the ethnic nationalities along.
In the first place, the colonial masters (the British) never intended Nigeria to be one country. There is need for continuous search for acceptable type of government for the entire people of the country, which has brought about the unhealthy competition between us.