Some­one should please talk to the pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - OPINION - Ya­haya Idris, Abuja.

The need to rea­son with the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on the in­her­ent na­ture of change as be­ing a grad­ual process can­not be over looked. But in a sit­u­a­tion where the pres­i­dent seems in­sen­si­tive to con­sider the di­ver­sity of Nige­ria in mak­ing ap­point­ments, in such a sit­u­a­tion, some­one needs to sit the pres­i­dent down and talk to him.

Go­ing by the cre­den­tials most of the pres­i­dent’s ap­pointees, it’s no longer hy­po­thet­i­cal to claim his ap­point­ment is se­ri­ously lop­sided. Even though some of his aides were quick to ex­plain to their folks in the south that the pres­i­dent’s ap­point­ment is not lop­sided, and the pres­i­dent has been re­it­er­at­ing his re­solve to keep the coun­try united, a care­ful anal­y­sis of his ap­point­ments so far have been the cen­tre of se­ri­ous ac­cu­sa­tions and wor­ries

It will be my­opic to be count­ing the pres­i­dent’s ap­point­ments on the bases of north ver­sus south in­stead of geopo­lit­i­cal zones that the North has three (3) out of the six (6) in the coun­try. At the same time, it will not be fair to claim the pres­i­dent gave noth­ing to the south. Out of the 129 ap­point­ments made by the pres­i­dent as at the time, 36 (27.9%) are from the north west, 27 (20.9%) from the north east, 19 (14.7%) from the South South, 17 (13.2%) from the North Cen­tral, 16 ( 12.4%) from the South West, 13 (10.1%) from the South East, and 1 (0.8%) from the fed­eral cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory (FCT).

The fact that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments have not been mind­ful of even dis­tri­bu­tion of ap­point­ments and some geopo­lit­i­cal zones did not over­whelm­ingly vote for the pres­i­dent, be­ing the pres­i­dent of all Nige­ri­ans who be­longs to ev­ery­body and no­body, and his good in­ten­tion for the unity of the coun­try should be rea­sons he strikes a bal­ance be­tween ap­point­ing com­pe­tent and trust­wor­thy Nige­ri­ans and tak­ing all geopo­lit­i­cal zones along. Af­ter all, all re­gions have com­pe­tent and trust­wor­thy Nige­ri­ans.

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