The world paid attention to Nigeria when President Muhammad Buhari unseated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Elections held in April.
President Muhammad Buhari and his party, APC campaigned on the slogan of ‘Change’ and many Nigerians believed their message, largely because the current Governmet was underperforming.
However, months later, most Nigerians, especially the South are complaining of the President’s method of making appointments. They complain that he is too preferential to his ‘Muslim Northern Brothers’.
This has caused other ethnic groups, both minority and majority to register their displeasure.
Although the President has not yet released his ministerial list, something that Nigerians are also not pleased with, the appointments he has made so far are almost all about the north.
President Buhari is from Katsina State, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, are from Kwara and Bauchi states respectively. The judiciary is led by Justice Mahmud Mohammed from Taraba State.
Of the nine appointments made by Buhari so far, eight are from the
North, while one is from the South. The appointments are:
Director-General of the State Services, Lawal Daura, Katsina State; Acting
Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State; Director, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Kano State.
Others are the State Chief of Protocol, Mallam Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure; Aide De Camp, Lt.-Col. Muhammed Lawal Abubakar, Kano State; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu; and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, South-West.
Nigerians know that Buhari lacks the power to do so with ministerial appointments, but they fear the he will likely give key positions to Northern Muslims, then the soft ones will be given to Northern Christians and the South.
I must also add that thought I was a strong believer in Buhari and his message of change, i’m getting worried about this trend of appointing mainly Northerners. This can throw the country into dispute and crises when other ethnic groups start actively rebelling against the marginalization. He should do what is in the best interest of the country when it comes to appointments, just as his predecessor, Jonathan did.
He should live up to his very applauded line in his Presidential inaugural speech which said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”