Fayose accuses Buhari of blacklisting southern Nigeria

By Amako Nneji August 31, 2015 18:53

Fayose accuses Buhari of blacklisting southern Nigeria

The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose in a statement on Monday said that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency, the north has been destined for juicy positions while Southern Nigeria remains blacklisted for harassment by anti-corruption agencies and the Department of State Security, DSS.

According to a statement issued on Monday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said it was wrong for Buhari to have made 31 major appointments with only 7 coming from the South while 24 were from the North.

Nigerians had expressed displeasure over the recent spate of lopsided appointments of Buhari saying each appointment seemed to be made in bad faith.

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In swift reaction the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lai Mohammed hit back with a statement declaring full support for the appointments made by Buhari so far.

“I can tell you that all the APC members are behind the President on the issue of these appointments,” he stressed.

See: Appointments: Wailers can wail but we fully support Buhari – APC

In his statement, Fayose said that Buhari was operating as a President of Northern Nigeria only, describing steps taken by the President since May 29, 2015 as tinted in ethnic and tribal hues, which is inimical to the unity of Nigeria.

The Governor describing what he called Buhari’s “Nothernisation of Nigeria,” said “appointments made by the President so far negate the principle of federal character and it appears the unity in diversity of Nigeria is being taken for granted by the President.”

He asked; “Under Buhari, are people from Southern Nigeria only meant to be hounded and harassed by anti-corruption agencies and the Department of State Security, DSS, while those from the North are meant to enjoy federal government juicy appointments?”

The governor said, “apart from the lopsided appointments being made by the President, I am worried that construction of Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been slowed down while work has stopped on Lokoja-Abuja roads, which are the major roads linking the Southern part of Nigeria with the North.

“Also, we have been told by the Federal Government that the Second Niger Bridge project has been suspended and one is now beginning to remember how Buhari cancelled the Lagos Metroline Project in 1985 at a loss of over $78 million (then) to the Lagos tax payers.

“They said the President made the appointments on merit and I wish to ask whether there are no competent people in the All Progressives Congress ,APC, in the Southern part of Nigeria, especially South-East where no one has been appointed.

“Are they saying Igbo leader like Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who graduated with a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, is not competent to be appointed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation ,SGF?

“To my mind, these lopsided appointments skewed in favour of the North is a reminder of President Buhari’s tenure as Military Head of State and I hope the President is not seeing Nigeria of today as that of 1984 because doing so will mean that he has turned himself to a northern President, thereby justifying his notion that those who gave him 97 percent votes must get more benefits than those who gave him five percent votes.”

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