Politi­ciz­ing Muham­madu Bello’s nom­i­na­tion

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The nom­i­na­tion of a sea­soned ad­min­is­tra­tor, Muham­madu Bello by Pres­i­dent Muhammed Buhari as a min­is­ter of fed­eral re­pub­lic of Nige­ria has bol­stered the con­fi­dence of tech­nocrats and those who are not mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Nige­ria project. Pres­i­dent Muhamadu Buhari’s traits of work­ing with only com­pe­tent and trust­wor­thy in­di­vid­u­als when­ever he holds any po­si­tion of lead­er­ship in the coun­try has again man­i­fested it­self.

How­ever, I have no­ticed a neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ment since Mr. Pres­i­dent sent the first list of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nee to the sen­ate. Sen­ti­ments and sheer pull - him - down syn­drome dom­i­nated the dis­course es­pe­cially from those who op­posed the nom­i­na­tion of one can­di­date or the other. Most im­por­tantly is the fact that th­ese op­po­si­tion comes mainly from our north­ern axis. It’s either Amina is not from here or Zainab is not from there. In­ter­est­ingly, some of th­ese rea­sons are not based on com­pe­tence or abil­ity of the nom­i­nee to de­liver.

More­over, those op­po­si­tions are not based on in­com­pe­tence or cor­rup­tion, rather a po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency fac­tors like the ac­cu­sa­tion that Muham­madu Bello is not a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party. The Nige­ria project is not ex­clu­sively for those who are mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Even at that, there was a prece­dent. The late iron lady of NAFDAC, Prof. Dora Akun­y­ili who was even­tu­ally ap­pointed as Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion was not a mem­ber of po­lit­i­cal party prior to that ap­point­ment. The pioneer chair­man of EFCC, Mal­lam Nuhu Ribadu be­came EFCC chair­man solely on his track record of a ‘no non­sense’ cop. Mrs. Okonjo Iweala was never a card car­ry­ing mem­ber of a party when she was first ap­pointed as min­is­ter of fi­nance un­der Obasanjo. The lists go on and on.

In­fact, I per­son­ally ad­vise Muham­madu Bello to re­main apo­lit­i­cal if he is even­tu­ally con­firmed by the sen­ate. Be­ing a mem­ber of po­lit­i­cal party can some­times lead to blind fol­low­er­ship - where you will be made to toe an im­posed line of ac­tion or in­ac­tion not mind­ing whether it is the right thing to do.

Jus­ti­fi­ably, the Pres­i­dent had ear­lier ap­pointed Babachir David Lawal, a politi­cian, a Chris­tian mi­nor­ity from Adamawa state as Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion. By nom­i­nat­ing Muham­madu Bello, a tech­no­crat, and an in­cor­rupt­ible ad­min­is­tra­tor from the same state, Mr. Pres­i­dent only bal­anced a healthy equa­tion from that state.

I com­mend Gover­nor Bindo Umar Jib­rilla of Adamawa State for throw­ing his sup­port be­hind Bello’s nom­i­na­tion. Like­wise, the Pres­i­dent has fur­ther earned my re­spect as a true leader. Those who know Muham­madu Bello are of the opin­ion that no one, I re­peat, no one can stamp any cor­rupt pro­file on his an­tecedents de­spite the fact that he was the Chair­man of Na­tional Hajj com­mis­sion for eight un­in­ter­rupted years.

Ibrahim Muhammed, muhasec­ond2@gmail.com <mailto:muhasec­ond2@gmail. com>, 08037024356

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