In­equal­ity in Pres­i­dent Buhari’s ap­point­ments

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

In any demo­cratic gov­ern­ment the main div­i­dend of democ­racy are: hav­ing op­por­tu­nity of be­ing elected or ap­pointed in to po­si­tion, get­ting a juicy con­tract to be ex­e­cuted and hav­ing ac­cess to good gov­er­nance through the pol­icy, project and pro­gramme of the gov­ern­ment. While the first two are al­ways go­ing into the hands of po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic elite, the last one is where the masses feel the pos­i­tive im­pact of democ­racy in their life.

There­fore, peo­ple con­cerned about the iden­tity of who is in gov­ern­ment are ir­rel­e­vant. But still to make ev­ery­body have sense of be­long­ing in gov­ern­ment, there is eq­uity and jus­tice in the for­ma­tion of gov­ern­ment with fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion of peo­ple ac­cord­ing to their di­vi­sions.

Since the re­turn of democ­racy in 1999 any­body that be­comes Pres­i­dent al­ways en­counter the chal­lenge of dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the coun­try cry­ing out when­ever they fell short of their peo­ple in gov­ern­ment, that is the rea­son when Pres­i­dent Buhari made the ap­point­ment of his kitchen cabi­net, there was an out­cry of marginal­iza­tion es­pe­cially from the South East and South South re­gion (where the Pres­i­dent got less than 10% of the vote),be­cause 75% of the ap­point­ment made were from the North, even­tu­ally the pres­i­dent made prom­ise to bal­ance it up in the fu­ture ap­point­ments.

More­over, the Pres­i­dent has ap­pointed his min­is­ters based on con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion of one min­is­ter per state at least, but the ques­tion now is does he bal­ance it up as he has promised? Cer­tainly no, be­cause he only takes the cog­nizance of state and eth­nic­ity in to con­sid­er­a­tion but he ne­glected reli­gious as­pect of it, par­tic­u­larly as it af­fected the peo­ple of the south­west. With re­spect to fed­eral ap­point­ment, since 2003 south­west Mus­lims had been marginal­ized and the worse was the case dur­ing the Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion when the Mus­lims in the south West protested against the for­ma­tion of CON­FAB del­e­gate in which they were ex­cluded but with­out pos­i­tive re­sponse, and made them de­ter­mined not to sup­port him in 2015 gen­eral elec­tion.

Be that as it may, due to the faith and hope of get­ting jus­tice dur­ing Buhari’s gov­ern­ment, South­west Mus­lims over­whelmed voted for him dur­ing the elec­tion. Hav­ing done that in sup­port of Buhari when other side voted against him, but to our dis­may, out of ten ap­point­ments (in­clud­ing min­is­ters) made from the south­west only two are Mus­lims, this is a great po­lit­i­cal in­jus­tice to South­west Mus­lims. Though the pres­i­dent said “I be­long to no­body and I be­long to ev­ery­body” he has not re­ally demon­strated that to those who stood by him dur­ing the elec­tion “a friend in need is a friend in­deed”.

How­ever, we wish to com­mend the sin­cer­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Pres­i­dent to have cred­i­ble peo­ple in his gov­ern­ment but no group has mo­nop­oly of cred­i­bil­ity. There­fore, he needs to con­sider the po­lit­i­cal plight of South­west Mus­lims in this re­gards by ad­dress­ing this anom­aly it in his fu­ture ap­point­ment.

Ab­dul­wa­siu Adebayo, Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor, Con­cerned Mus­lims Van­guard

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