Buhari’s Ap­point­ments Not Skewed Against South – Pres­i­dency

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Pres­i­dency has de­scribed claims, sug­ges­tions and in­sin­u­a­tions that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ap­point­ments are tilted in favour of a sec­tion of Nige­ria as sim­ply un­true and cer­tainly un­char­i­ta­ble.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, in a state­ment Satur­day, faulted an Oc­to­ber 29 pub­li­ca­tion of a busi­ness news­pa­per that 81 of Buhari’s 100 ap­pointees are north­ern­ers, say­ing the ar­ti­cle was ei­ther an ig­no­rant ef­fort or a mis­chievous at­tempt to mis­lead the pub­lic and por­tray Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in bad light.

Adesina said the pub­li­ca­tion’s in­con­sis­ten­cies and se­lec­tive reportage were ques­tion­able as the ar­ti­cle was di­vi­sive with its many mis­lead­ing state­ments that should be taken with a pinch of salt.

He said what Nige­ri­ans needed now were unity and con­struc­tive di­a­logue that would help the na­tion march for­ward on the right path, not di­vi­sive and mis­lead­ing reportage.

Adesina, who posited that it was false for any­one to say Buhari’s ap­point­ments were lop­sided, said records showed that ma­jor­ity of the pres­i­dent’s ap­pointees across dif­fer­ent port­fo­lios were not from the north, as the pub­li­ca­tion al­leged.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman said if the pub­li­ca­tion did not have ul­te­rior mo­tives, a sim­ple en­quiry from of­fi­cial sources in the Pres­i­dency would have pre­vented “this un­war­ranted pub­lic dis­in­for­ma­tion.”

Adesina stated that de­spite the dis­trac­tions and bi­ased reportage of the pub­li­ca­tion ar­ti­cle, the pres­i­dent re­mained com­mit­ted to serv­ing all Nige­ri­ans, no mat­ter the tribe, eth­nic­ity or re­gion.

He also said Buhari was de­ter­mined to en­sure that Nige­ria re­mains strong and united, adding that the pres­i­dent “has, and will con­tinue to keep faith with one Nige­ria and has shown this with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s di­verse projects in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try’s geopo­lit­i­cal zones.”

Adesina, who said the writer of the ar­ti­cle uni­lat­er­ally se­lected 100 ap­pointees to drive home the dis­trac­tion pre­sented as facts, re­leased a graph showing the break­down of cur­rent fed­eral agency ap­point­ments per state “re­flect­ing the true picture of the spread.”

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