Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Ajuri Ngelale, has stated that 55 percent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments have gone to the Southern region of the country.
Ngelale revealed this while speaking on a television programme yesterday.
According to him, some people will always paint Buhari with an ethnic brush no matter what he does, saying there’s always an attempt to “create an ethnic blackmail on developmental projects”.
“Some of this has to do with the fact that you have a president that comes from the north, who people have tried as much as possible to paint with an ethnic brush. You’ve heard the claims that more northerners have been appointed to office in the federal government under his watch than any other part of the country and people believe that”, he said.
“But when we did the compilation of all his appointments from the time he started till date, we found that 55% of the appointments in his administration has gone to southern Nigeria with the predominant bulk to the south-west. That’s the irony of the whole thing. There’s been an attempt to create an ethnic blackmail on developmental projects.
“Whatever the president does, whether it’s in the interest of the nation or not, they tend to paint everything he does with an ethnic brush, but when he does something for a part of the country that he is not from, everybody keeps quiet and I find that suspicious. So is it about the president or how the president is being painted? I think that’s a question we need to ask ourselves”.
Ngelale added that a lot of progress has been made in addressing insecurity in the country, although he admitted that there are “very serious security issues” in the country.