Buhari’s ap­point­ments not tribal – Os­in­bajo

Weekly Trust - - News - Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

The Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo, has dis­missed in­sin­u­a­tions that ap­point­ments be­ing made by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari are tribal, say­ing the fact that four of the five min­is­ters from the South­east hold se­nior min­is­te­rial po­si­tions had proven oth­er­wise.

Speak­ing as the guest of hon­our at The Greater Nige­ria Pas­tors Con­fer­ence in La­gos yes­ter­day, Os­in­bajo said many of those ac­cus­ing the pres­i­dent of trib­al­ism were ig­no­rant of the cur­rent com­po­si­tion of the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil and heads of fed­eral boards and paras­tatals.

“While it is very con­ve­nient for some peo­ple to shout im­bal­ance any­time a set of ap­point­ments is re­leased, the ques­tion is how many have ac­tu­ally taken time to un­der­stand what is in place? I mon­i­tor the min­is­te­rial list and I can say that four out of the five min­is­ters from the South­east geopo­lit­i­cal zone are se­nior min­is­ters.

“Whereas peo­ple from Sokoto, Yobe, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, among oth­ers who voted mas­sively for the APC have been ask­ing the pres­i­dent what their sin could be to have war­ranted not been con­sid­ered for se­nior min­is­te­rial po­si­tions, the pres­i­dent has had to tell them that even his home state of Katsina does not have a se­nior min­is­te­rial po­si­tion,” Os­in­bajo said.

He said there was a time when there was no sin­gle north­erner within the na­tion’s se­cu­rity set up. On ap­point­ments to fed­eral boards of agen­cies and paras­tatals, Os­in­bajo said: “When I did an anal­y­sis of heads of agen­cies and paras­tatals, I dis­cov­ered that Ogun State with 21 has the high­est num­ber of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers, fol­lowed by Kano and Imo which are at par, then Edo State and Anam­bra, among oth­ers”.

Prof. Os­in­bajo how­ever said time had come for Nige­ri­ans to de-em­pha­size quota sys­tem at the ex­pense of merit. He said some­body like the Chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, had demon­strated com­pe­tence and that he as a vice pres­i­dent would rather be in­ter­ested in what he can de­liver and not where he comes from.

He dis­missed the al­le­ga­tion that the pres­i­dent is plan­ning to Is­lamise the coun­try, and called for col­lec­tive ef­forts to con­front the peren­nial clashes be­tween herders and farm­ers. The con­vener, Rev. Abay­omi Kasali, said the gath­er­ing was to deepen con­ver­sa­tion on the fu­ture of Nige­ria.

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