Southern Governors accuse Buhari of lopsided top political appointments

…’There’s an iota of truth in allegation’ – Bauchi Gov.

Governors of the 17 southern States have accused President Buhari of lopsided top federal appointments and demanded for its review to reflect federal character.

Picture caption: South-West Governors

This is coming on the heels of a recent request by a group, calling itself the ‘South West Concerned Group’, asking President Buhari to appoint the next Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) from Lagos, on the grounds of being the host State of the nation’s premier seaport, accounting to over 70% of the seaborne trade in the country.

At a meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Tuesday, the 17 southern governors demanded a review of federal appointments to reflect federal character. They also asked the president to address the nation over the widespread insecurity and called for national dialogue.

Reacting to the allegation, Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed also said that there is an iota of truth in the claim by his southern counterparts.

Picture caption: Bauchi Gov. Bala Mohammed

Speaking with journalists on Thursday, Governor Mohammed justified the position of his southern counterparts on nepotism, saying, “There is an iota of truth in what the southern governors said on some sections being highly favoured at the detriment of others.

“If you are not fair and equitable in your administration, in your management, if there is nepotism where only one section is given positions in government, then there will be problems.

He further said, “What we know in this country as a federalist is that there should always be a balance in terms of appointment of federal offices, even in the local governments. If you don’t practice fairness at the top, then you cannot get it at the lower table, and people will begin to think of self-actualisation, self-determination and so on and it will reflect negatively.

“Unless we ensure fairness and equity in the leadership of the country we cannot grow the economy”, he maintained.

Picture caption: President Buhari

Mohammed also dismissed the anti-corruption war of the current administration, saying some persons are treated as sacred cows.

“I think the Federal Government has lost any idea to grow the economy. What they are best known for is the blame game. They are not even fighting the corruption they claimed to be fighting.

“There’s more corruption; perceptions are built that there are sacred cows; there are the ‘gods’ in this country who cannot be touched”, he stated.

Picture caption: Statistical representation of Buhari’s appointees in different regions released by the Presidency in May, 2020

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