President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to make sure that all appointments in his administration are distributed equitably among the 36 states of the federation.
Buhari made the promise while speaking with a delegation of elders from Akwa Ibom State in Abuja yesterday, September 17th.
“I have taken note of your appreciation of appointments into the Federal Service from your state. I assure you that I shall continue to be fair and equitable in federal appointments to all states of the country,” Buhari told the delegation.
They’ve been calls from different quarters accusing the president of bias in his political appointment. The latest is coming from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which slammed Buhari with claims that he consistently discriminates against Christians and Southerners with all his appointments and policies.
In a statement released by its national president, Samson Ayokunle, reference was made to the recent appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of the Department of State Security DSS.
The recent appointment of Zainab Ahmed as the acting Minister of Finance, was also frowned upon by CAN.
Part of the statement reads
“CAN notes with disappointments, shocks and surprises that despite our appeal to President Buhari to break the domination of the country’ security council by people of the same religion and language in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic groups that make up Nigeria, he still derives pleasure in turning a deaf ear to the Voice of Wisdom and Reason as manifested in the three appointments.
He appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi, a Muslim, from Kano state to replace Matthew Seiyefa, a Christian from Bayelsa who had been operating in an acting capacity since Lawal Daura was sacked in Buhari’s absence.
Mr Abbas Umar Masanawa was also named the Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), just as Hajiya Zainab Ahmed was appointed the acting Finance Minister to replace Mrs Kemi Adeosun who resigned as a result of her failure to participate in the NYSC programme and for parading a forged NYSC Certificate of Exemption.
We wish to place on record, once again, the dangerous and religious discrimination and partiality that have characterized the President Buhari-led administration. We believe the marginalization of the Christians is deliberate to heighten the tension in the land for whatever reasons.”