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Pres. Buhari’s Appointments of SGF, Chief of Staff & Others Have Got People Talking




President Muhammadu Buhari‘s recent appointments have got people talking. While some have lauded his choices, others have criticized.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity released the following statement on Thursday confirming the appointments, Premium Times reports:

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:

Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff to the President

Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service

Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service

Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)

The appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.

Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.

The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali, holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.

The new Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Many Nigerians subsequently took to Twitter to express divergent views on the appointments:


What do you think of the appointments?


  1. Busarni

    August 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Chanjiiiii is here; hahahaha.

  2. Grace

    August 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I don’t think this should be an issue,we are talking about the progress/betterment of the nation(as Nigeria is far backwards and even the last government worsened it ). If PMB decides to appoint an entire family to run his cabinet i dont mind as far as they do the work,its fine with me. Gone are the days of an appointment has to come from a particular region. I want my children to come and meet a better a Nigeria.

    • sisiet

      August 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      The problem with the young people of today is their lack of understanding. Very unfortunate that you think like this. It does not matter if he appoints only members of his family? This is how it starts. Buhari was booted out for his lack of foresight the first time. It is happening again. He can still be booted out. Nigeria belongs to us all. Except you have agreed @Grace that you want those children of yours to be second class citizens in Nigeria. GoodLuck to you and your unborn children.

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 1:06 am

      @Grace… Am with you on that but the only problem is that this federal character was created by the military north to keep the south in check.
      With all these number of distinguished professionals coming from the north. Do you still think they are still educationally disadvantaged?
      Do you think it is fair for cut off points for university admission to outrageously high for the SE?
      How about we now make it the same for all Nigerians?
      The north can not be educationally disadvantaged and also be holding the most prestigious positions in the land!
      FAIRNESS is the key! !!

  3. jasmine

    August 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hehehe, I don’t have anything to say o. Where’s Bruno? Come in here. Samuel O. Kanu’s tweet is the best. Don’t tell me about competence jor. Is he saying the south and west/east don’t av competent people? Na kweshiun I ask o

  4. nene+

    August 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    A new specie of cloned Chameleon only found in Nigeria’s Sahara region. Scientists are currently tracing its origin to Daura.

    • charles

      August 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      I’ll advice you to save some bile as you are already running out of words of hate & bitterness. You still have 4 years to go.

    • sisiet

      August 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      And you Charles, sounds like a broken record. Blind Bat

    • nene+

      August 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      You are running out of lies.

      I know you weigh less than 30 kg with your neck falling off in an oversized coat!

      Your type are street ………. who assist thieves set your father house on fire. I know your type they are every where.

      When we see them they they shout sai baba as long as they have gave u APC shirt for a covering!

  5. T

    August 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Well…as long as the appointments are based on competence and not a function of their tribe, then its ok, we want people who can deliver, regardless of wherever they come from…

    • Shalewa

      August 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Kai, I liked this nonsense comment in error. I was going to like Nene’s. Mtcheeew

  6. mrs chidukane

    August 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I can’t lie oh its becoming somehow. Is he saying the only honest, competent people in Nigeria are Northerners? I refuse to believe that. If he continues this way it won’t augur well for his party though I doubt he’ll contest in 2019. On second thought sha, if that is what it will take for us to move forward then we’ll have to live with it. But if he fails, the backlash GEJ got will be like petting compared to his so he had better deliver. For those who will come for me, that I support Buhari doesn’t mean I must love all he does. That I don’t love all he does doesn’t mean I don’t support him anymore. TGIF BNERS!

    • Missy J

      August 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Nne I get you, if in the course of these 4 years we Nigerians rip the dividends of good governance believe me nobody will remember that so and so were from the North.
      Buhari promised to fix the system, then he should do it in whatever he deems it fit because Nigerians won’t listen to excuses of failures arising from bad appointments.

    • Ada Nnewi

      August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Missy J, I can’t love you anymore than I currently do!

    • Missy J

      August 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Awwww… Ada, stop it naww!!! *facepalm* I really appreciate, thank you!

    • Busarni

      August 28, 2015 at 11:57 am

      Mrs chidu; I always got your back on BN and you should know that by now; at least you have passed my test;. Not like other PMB supporters that had suddenly gone on AWOL; that’s cowardice on their part.

  7. Ibinabo

    August 28, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Why are we complaining? We empowered him.

    • Anna

      August 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Sha he’s still yet to appoint ministers, and there are other positions that the South-East can fill. I suggest you south-easterners put aside your pride and show buhari that you’ll support him for the sake of a better Nigeria. Then he’ll have no choice but to balance out the appointments,

    • Ibinabo

      August 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Did you review your writeup before posting??? I doubt…. You sound ignorant.

    • Frida

      August 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Each state in Nigeria has to produce at least one minister. That’s the constitution. So Buhari doesn’t have a choice but to appoint south easterners in his ministerial cabinet.

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 1:18 am

      @Anna.. You mean support a candidate just because of what you can gain from him?
      God forbid! !!!
      I would rather die of hunger.
      I would support a candidate I believe in and not because of what he can give me.
      BTW, Nigeria belongs to all of us.
      The SE contributes in so many ways to make Nigeria what it is. It is an insult to tell them, you will neglect them because they didn’t vote for you!!

    • oversabi

      August 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm


  8. ShineShineShine

    August 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Pls. where is Amaechi’s name? I don find tire. Anybody see am? That creature lacking in dignity and character. Well, Buhari might make him an Ambassador to Australia yet. We hope the apostles of change are still chanting “Sai Buhari”. And l hope they are still on their knees. These his appointments is supposed to be a reflection of one Nigeria?

  9. Tiki

    August 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

    How can you want change, yet be willing to sacrifice the ‘best’ harbingers of change on the altar of ‘regional balance’?

    One would think Nigerians (and dare I say, igbo people since na their tweets I see) had moved past this reverse tribalism.

    • Reverse

      August 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

      You’re quite daft. Go on twitter and tell me it’s only Igbo people you see. Closet bigot masquerading like you have something important to say… Igbo this, Igbo that.

    • Opium

      August 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

      This is a very bigoted statement considering that there are more yorubs tweets upthere than igbos. Stop this nonsense.

    • Vince

      August 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      You can bring about “change” without upsetting regional balance, they aren’t mutually exclusive. This myth that federal character brings about mediocrity has got to stop, there are intelligent and qualified people in all six corners of Nigeria.

    • Still I

      August 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Tiki, you’re comment is in the running for the most ridiculous and tribalist comment for this post. Keen it up. You’ll get there.
      FYI, an average Igbo man expects nothing good from Buhari. He already knows who Buhari is. He only asks for a fair playing ground. He believes he can make it big with or without assistance from the government.
      The reason Nigerians (not just Igbos) are complaining is because Buhari seems to be too shameless in the exhibition of his tribalist tendencies. And for a president of all Nigerians, it’s most unfortunate.

    • PH Boy

      August 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Where do most people get the impression that Igbos care about what happens at the center. The typical Igbo is self-made and is more concerned about making ends meet rather than play host to tribalism, politics etc. (this affects business). There has been no Federal Government presence in the east since I was born and Igbos don’t expect that to change before the 2nd coming of our Lord. The few Igbo politicians (sorry crooks) you hear do not bear the voice of the majority. Please leave Igbos alone in the name of God as they have never laid claim to anything besides their existence.

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      @Tiki….How can Igbos and others go beyond the reverse tribalism when the issues that divided us are still alive and merely swept under the carpet?
      If Buhari, was British or American can he become a president?
      Do you know anywhere in the world , where democracy is practised, and someone can commit treason ( overthrow a democratic government), then be allowed to run for a public office?
      I have nothing against the man personally but let’s stand on the truth! !

  10. Mom

    August 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I don’t have any issue. Mine is they should deliver

  11. Ivy Nils

    August 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Appointments so far.
    NORTH – 32
    S/WEST -3
    S/SOUTH -2
    S/EAST -0
    APC………………………………….CHANGE!!!!!!!!! Tinubu, Lai, Oyegun how market.?
    Change we asked for… Change we got.

  12. Taipan

    August 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

    This guy has danmed the federal character. Federal republic of fulani. I just dey laff the south west most especially. They were just dogs with no teeth, apologies to those who voted Gej

  13. nene+

    August 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – north. 2.Senate President- north. 3. Speaker of the House of Representatives- north. 4. Chief Justice of the Federation- north. 5. President of the Court of Appeal- north. Continue to see the full post

    6. Chief Justice of the Federal High Court- north.
    7. Secretary to the Federal Government- north.
    8. Chief of Staff to the President- north.
    9. Chief of Army Staff- north.
    10. Chief of Air Staff- north.
    11. Comptroller General of Customs- north.
    12. Director-General of State Security Services (SSS)- north.
    13. National Security Advisor- north.
    14. Director General NIMASA- north.
    15. Chairperson of the Independant Electoral Commission (INEC)- north.
    16. Comptroller-General Immigration- north.
    17. Accountant-General of the Federation – north.
    18. Commander of Civil Defence Corps- north.
    19. Chief Security Officer to the President- north.
    20. ADC to the President- north.
    21. Principal Secretary to the President- north.
    22. Senior Special Assistant to the President on media- north.
    23. Chairman of the EFCC- north.
    24. Head of Service- north.
    25. MD of Nigerian Ports Authority- north.
    26.DG of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC)- north.
    27. Chairman NDLEA- north.

    remember during GEJ time
    President South south
    Senate President North
    Speaker. North
    Chief justice North
    President Court of Appeal North
    Secretary to Federal Govt South east
    National Security Adviser North
    Chief of staff South
    Dss Director South
    Inec chairman North

    In the next 1 billion years I will still not vote for Buhari. I’m proudly 5 % . We know History, it always repeat itself!

    Fashola, Fayemi pulses must be beating out of control as they remember they warned Asiwaju of Buhari antecedents. For over 4 billion years of creation, leopard did not change its skin.
    Good to know APC Lagos chieftain are now Wailing!!!

    APC here is your change!!!

    Jonathan was unfairly appraised. He is now missed! No one treats Nigeria better than who respect our differences!
    After they killed Jesus, darkness covered every where and the centurion said we may have killed the son of God. “And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.”Mark 15. 39

    God bless former Leaders who respected and had all inclusive government.

    It’s confirmed that Buhari has duped, Tinubu,Amaechi, Rochas, but for Saraki smartness, he would have been outsmarted!

    Is Duping and deception not corruption? Why allow them sponsor you when you hate them?

    Joe Igbokwe? Barrister Ubani, Lai Mohammed, Amaechi, Ngige, Ogbonnaya Onu, Festus Keyamo, Dele Momodu how market?

    • Blessedheart

      August 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      It looks quite skewed to the North but I don’t agree with you that we’re missing GEJ. We’re definitely not! I’m more concerned about people’s performance not their tribes. The problem with most of the Western and Southern people is that we bring down our own people. See the troubles Fashola and Amaechi are getting from their own people (not that I’m saying they’re the best) but that’s the kind of thing that happens to Southerners we think are competent.

    • Fasholaslover

      August 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      @Blessedheart, Ha, ha, fear God oh.
      Amaechi, competent?
      Did you ever live in Rivers State? Even this Fashola sef. Propaganda aplenty. If a man has sticky fingers, so, we should ignore their tiffing tendencies? Are you by any chance saying we do not have people with impeccable records, people of integrity who are not thieves? Southerners/Westerners are savvy. If you are good you are praised and when you go astray, we name and shame. That, my friend is development. Not keeping quiet in the face of tyranny.

    • prettyface

      August 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Shut the F- up !!!!!!

    • Rabid Dog

      August 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Bia, nne…na jazz dem jazz u? You our resident BN intellectual and smartest commenter does not know the difference between political appointment and civil service appointment based on seniority. I will not list all, but 14, 15 and 16 are civil service appointments that the most senior were elevated. There is more in your list…..but I will leave that as homework for you after you have stopped foaming from the mouth like a……..insert name here.

    • Shalewa

      August 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      At Rabid dog. I can imagine how your eyes bulged while you typed. Na so crase dey take start o. Nene+ dey give you HBP? That the girl is smart is not in doubt. Let us see you do what she does. You no fit!!!!!!!!!!

    • oversabi

      August 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Gbam. I would not even call deception corruption. Deception is a significant flaw in character. Not only did he dupe them into supporting him, he permitted fools like Amaechi sacrifice himself and many lives to put him on the throne – the lives that did not eat and could not go to hospitals because of unpaid salaries were collateral damage I guess. Now he throws Amaechi to the dogs – a well deserved outcome perhaps but if one is ethical, one would not take any means necessary to get to the top.

    • phoenixceleste

      August 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      You are living in the past

    • Moi

      August 31, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Nene, please, can you compare the current appointments under PMB to what they were under GEJ only? Not just a random comparism of unrelated appointments. Cos some of your comparisms have yet to be ássigned’ to any tribe yet. So, I direct comparism will be in order. I’m asking cos I have tried to research the list of same positions under GEJ and I can’t find them all. Thanks.

  14. Ikombo

    August 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Government of the North by the North-west and for the North

    What about the west?

  15. or

    August 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    A leopard can never change its spots

    we saw this coming and we warned them( majority of our south west brothers ad other change chanters)

    they did not listen….. Now its time to cry….

    This is just the beginning of many more sour events in this country

    Buhari Has bigotry in his DNA… He is an unrepentant tribalist… He has never hidden that right from the onset and is not about to suddenly change for anybody….

    Blame the Yorubas who told us booohari is a changed person!!!

  16. Missy J

    August 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hehehehe… Buhari making people to re-visit their geography and history. Isn’t it beautiful that at sight we can tell geo-political affiliation of people via their names?? Well done!!
    Me personally and a whole lot of Nigerians care less where they come from, they can be from Togo I care less. previous administrations that claim to have a tribal balance what good have we achieved?? I think Buhari will settle all tribes though…more appointments are going to be made. Buhari ordered the cleansing of Ogoniland, something their brothers couldn’t do for them, they didn’t need political appointments to make that happen.
    Please Fellas let’s be optimistic but if you don’t want to.. You can take a stroll to Cotonou and remain there.*whispering* some people will say “go and hug a transformer. And it will shock because PMB has given us light” please don’t try it oh.

    • nene+

      August 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Hold it missy J! Happy Fulani butler!
      Ogoni cleansing was categorical discussed in the National Confab! It already been finalised with GEJ.

      Stop stealing ideas, formulate yours.

      We know that even if buhari rapes your toddler it’s ok by you. That’s you and not us!!!!!!!

    • Missy J

      August 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Hehehe Sisi Nene, I’ve given up arguing about politics(PMB&GEJ) because I think it’s of no use. Buhari is the President and nothing can change it.
      Concerning the Ogoni cleansing you claimed it was discussed and finalized by GEJ, what then stopped him from implementing it? Because to me and the Ogoni people that is all that matters.

      And to that your post up… The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria,The Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Chief Justice of the Federation, The Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, the President of the Court of Appeal, The EFCC Chairman… Buhari never a hand in their appointments.(if you claim he did biko show me where in the news). So don’t just copy and paste everything you see by people you want to divide us along ethnic lines.
      So I will appeal to your conscience to drop all these sentiments, the stealing ideas blah blah, it should all be for the good of all Nigerians. That should be our paramount concern. Nene, you might need to stop wailing and support Mr President. Constructive criticisms are allowed.

    • mrs chidukane

      August 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Nene+ you’re just unnecessarily vitriolic. Calm down and let people have their opinions. You can put your point across without being this crass. On another note, was your relative in GEJ’S government? You seem to know so much.

    • Blessedheart

      August 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      The problem we used to have with changing administrations was that good programs started by previous administrations are usually discarded. I think it’s a wonderful thing that good programs proposed by the previous administration are being implemented now. The truth is many of these programs were proposed long before the end of the previous administration but no action was taken on them. If Buhari is able to implement action on them to move the country forward , he totally has my vote.

    • nerve

      August 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      @ Chidukane, I’m glad you agree nene+ knows so much. That should elicit respect and not this drivel you just spewed. Respect ur self woman.

    • Still I

      August 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Missy J,
      ” Me personally and a whole lot of Nigerians care less where they come from”. So who are the whole lot of you’re struggling to include in your Buhari sectional agenda? Which credible opinion poll did you carry out to get the whole lot? Even the youth leader of Arewa youth forum has issues with the recent appointments but you and your whole lot wouldn’t mind having a Togolese run the country. How brilliant!
      I read Mrs. Chidukane’s first comment above and I knew I could reason with her despite our different political dispositions. But you, you sound like you could be running at 100 miles/hr in the wrong direction after you’ve been shown the right way to follow.
      Check the records, nearly every despotic rule was fuelled by actions and comments like yours that openly glorify the ruler everytime he misbehaves, especially when he misbehaves. From Hitler to Mugabe; they were made to believe they could do no wrong.
      You think Nigerians will forget if the appointees deliver? Sounds like what Hajia Waziri said after Buhari,in his charateristic sectional/dictatorial
      style, flouted the law and made her INEC boss.
      Soon, Buhari will appoint his wife as minister for petroleum. After all, she’s competent and idle, having been stripped of the title of a first lady.

    • oversabi

      August 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Well, following your logic, if this team of northerners happen to be in power when the country turns around for good, we should retain this balance of power forever and never let other parts of the country rule. Perhaps we can start a monarchy.

  17. Olori Tari

    August 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Brilliant for the most part.

    Love that he chose an outsider for customs. Well within his constitutional rights and what an efficient man to choose. Col Ali the leader of “I no dey look face” gang. Thought he was going to be thrown to EFCC but good decision still, that place needs reform.

    I wish he’d do it for Police too and all that sector that needs serious reform. Put in an outsider that is not use to do the rotten ways and let them shake up the place. Abba Kyari’s cv is wonderful, get in there and do work sir. I particularly like how all my predictions (and a lot of people I know) are just wrong ? so unexpected but you want to go “AHAN” and then you check them out and keep quiet.

    • Missy J

      August 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      I can just hug right nowwww. These are the comments I want to see. How competent are they? What’s in their CVs? etc… But all I see is “he’s from the North”

  18. Lagoon Penthouse!

    August 28, 2015 at 10:13 am


  19. Proud of Igbos

    August 28, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I am not from the East, but with what this Nation has turned to and still turning to, you guys are the only brave people in this geographical location and not a country!

  20. Jacques

    August 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    When will Nigerians forget about ethnicity and support Nigerians who are qualified and will deliver? *sigh

    • prettyface

      August 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      my dear. Ethnicity can never be forgotten!!!! we are a diverse country therefore, different ethnic groups must be recognised . Nigeria is not made up of Only Northerns

  21. Lagosgirl

    August 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

    A 73 year old leopard for that matter. Mumu people. Change my foot.

  22. truenigerian

    August 28, 2015 at 10:48 am

    It takes much more than sternness and an aversion for corruption to build a successful and healthy nation.

    Buhari is building to fail. He is seriously threatening Nigeria ethnic sensibilities.

    Any one still supporting this is as guilty and pretentious!

  23. truenigerian

    August 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Then the president should have gone to one village to get all his votes. Since,its not unconstitutional to make his appointments from a certain village.

    • Still I

      August 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm


  24. Chris Ayo Joseph

    August 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Apparently, I received several calls yesterday about the new appointments of President Buhari. The truth is, millions of Nigerians are complaining right now. Although, it is normal for them to complain. We have to accommodate Buhari fully, as his good virtue of being man of integrity is not without the weakness of being a typical Nigerian who is naturally a tribalist.
    I knew from the start of his Presidential race that he has such tendency to behave this way. That was why I was skeptical about supporting him at first but when I compared him with the man Goodluck Jonathan that virtually squandered our resources with impunity , I opted for Buhari. My conciliation is that even when my kinsmen are there, of what use would they be? Are they not going to be constituting nuisance and embarrassment to me and the nation by involving In looting with fellow Nigerians? Haven’t said this, if he (Buhari) continues this way, he is only constructing his own paths to an exit very fast. ‪#‎MYOPINION‬

    • mrs chidukane

      August 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Exactly @ chris

    • Still I

      August 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      I agree with some of your points. But please oh, can we just stop all these lectures about Buhari being a man of integrity? There’s no integrity in shielding the details of your so-called N1m/150 cows assets after you promised to make them public. There’s no integrity in brazenly flouting the provisions of the supreme
      law of the country. There’s no integrity in publicly declaring that it is fair to treat some of your citizens differently from others based on how they voted for you. That, for me, is the dumbest statement ever made by a president or head of government. I can go on and on about how Buhari’s recent actions in office negate integrity.
      One more thing, I’m wondering if it’s hard to discuss Buhari’s actions without mentioning Jonathan. We don’t have to bring him into this, do we?

  25. Chris Ayo Joseph

    August 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Apparently, I received several calls yesterday about the new appointments of President Buhari. The truth is, millions of Nigerians are complaining right now. Although, it is normal for them to complain. We have to accommodate Buhari fully, as his good virtue of being man of integrity is not without the weakness of being a typical Nigerian who is naturally a tribalist.
    I knew from the start of his Presidential race that he has such tendency to behave this way. That was why I was skeptical about supporting him at first but when I compared him with the man Goodluck Jonathan that virtually squandered our resources with impunity , I opted for Buhari. My conciliation is that even when my kinsmen are there, of what use would they be? Are they not going to be constituting nuisance and embarrassment to me and the nation by involving In looting with fellow Nigerians? Haven’t said this, if he (Buhari) continues this way, he is only constructing his own paths to an exit very fast. ‪#‎MYOPINION‬

  26. arewa

    August 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

    President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima has expressed his reservations over the recent appointments made by President Buhari. According to him, it appears the appointments are lopsided and that government should be seen as nationalistic not sectionalized
    “It is unfortunate the way the situation is, because one becomes worried. We must be seen to be nationalistic than being sectionalised. I am beginning to feel uncomfortable because the complaint is that the appointments are seen to be lopsided. I also do not think that is the intention of the government.
    However, no matter how we pretend, the reality is that things are not done in the right way. The government should be seen to be more nationalistic than sectionalised. If we truly believe in true federalism and federal character, it should go round. We cannot say that a particular area has the best brains in the country. I think the government should look into that area thoroughly in as much as the President has good intentions.”he told Vanguard

  27. mrs chidukane

    August 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Nene+ you’re just unnecessarily vitriolic. Calm down and let people have their opinions. You can put your point across without being this crass. On another note, was your relative in GEJ’S government? You seem to know so much.

  28. somebody

    August 28, 2015 at 11:08 am


  29. Funmi

    August 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

    @Missy J God bless you my darling. You said it all.
    Eni ana lara n ta loro won. Sai Buhari

  30. Bandele

    August 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    The fact remains that President Buhari through this latest round of appointments has further cemented the narrative that he is pursuing a ‘northern agenda’ instead of nationalist and all-inclusive one. And for those who keep banding about this ‘competence” argument, can they honestly say he can’t find equally or dare I say more competent people from other regions of the country. The truth remains that Nigeria is a multicultural, multi religious and multi ethic country and this MUST be reflected in every work of life. These sensitivities are not imagined. They are real and any imbalance is likely to cause disaffection amongst the populace. He is clearly NOT consulting with members of his party who worked assiduously and sacrificed a lot to not only change his “image” but also deliver him as the presidential flag bearer. Would he honestly have realized his ambition if he had remained outside the fold of the APC. If they are good enough to win election for you, then they must be good enough for appointment and governance. You can’t continue running a one-man show. We all know his hands will be tied with ministerial appointments, as he’s constitutionally bound to select folks from every state: therefore this was his big opportunity to show himself as not only a reformed democrat but also a de-tribalized Nigerian. And boy did he fail miserably. I guess its true what they say that a leopard never really changes its spots. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. People who are well aware of his antecedents are less likely to be surprised by his deliberate skewing of appointments towards the north. I don’t blame him though, I blame the party leaders who were naive enough to think he would jettison his old ways and embrace 21st century politics. I am honestly willing him to succeed frankly because I believe we deserve a better country, but from his latest posturing, I am very afraid indeed.

  31. proudlyikwerregal

    August 28, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Conservation between Buhari and Ameachi after the appointments were announced yesterday.

    Ameachi – Oga I no see me my name for appointment naaa. No be me suppose be SFG or Chief of Staff.
    Buhari – Abeg commot there, if you fit thief your state money to sponsor my election, that’s means you go do worst if I appoint you. Gerrerahere men
    Kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikiki one Nigeria

  32. Mizzy

    August 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

    i personally think dt if he trusts his fellow northerners 2 do d job, then so be it. bsids, i think dere r stil sm positions dt r still vacant, so waiting n gtng 2 c as thngs unfolds, isnt a bad idea… pple cn talk n say its a northern govt bt it wuldnt change or mk him change thngs. jst m thinking out loud

  33. iyke

    August 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Sai Buhari!
    I am igbo,catholic and I don’t care where your appointees come from as long as integrity and performance are your KPIs.
    I strongly believe that you mean well for Nigeria and I know that you will deliver.At 70,your legacy is what matters and I know you will not let me down.That’s how much I trust you Baba.
    Guys forget about APC/PDP in 2019…A new Nigeria is about to be witnessed…And I so much trust Buhari and convinced that he is about to become the father of New Nigeria where you and I will be so proud of our country.
    We have tried our igbo and Yoruba brothers all in the name of federal character – the result??Abysmal failure..unparrarelled corruption et al
    In Buhari I trust!

    • prettyface

      August 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Shut up pls…

    • ill set

      August 29, 2015 at 4:41 am

      Why do you guys strongly believe you have the right/in the position to shut people up? I have noticed most of the comments carry ill vocals/insults all because others still don’t acknowledge the previous administration were the best/moved. Nigeria forward. This says a lot. Thank goodness our president is from duara. As you continue to shut people up/insult all the people who support and believe in the present administration, that is all you will continue to do as you CANT change what has been destined to be, you are not the God hence continue to spill “most intelligent”.

    • ill set

      August 29, 2015 at 4:44 am

      **all because others still don’t acknowledge the previous administration were the best/moved. Nigeria forward.**

      ** you are not God**

  34. Victoria

    August 28, 2015 at 11:34 am


    Suddenly no competent or people with integrity in the SOUTH, the choices we make in life will make or mar us, i weep for my country.

  35. baby geh sipping tea on this "one Nigeria" matter

    August 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

    lets keep political correctness aside for a minute and discuss the realities that face us. Nigeria is a multi ethnic country with over 250 tribes that have a history of mutual distrust and fear of domination. this fear is not misplaced because we practice a semi unitary government disguised under the label of federalism. the centre is too strong, protections in our legal system are often vague, the power of the incumbent to do and undo is also established. our reality is that TRIBE and RELIGION matter in Nigeria as it does in EVERY multicultural society. No amount of political correctness can wash this fact away.

    Although our constitutional rights are in many instances undeveloped and vague, the principle of federal character was enshrined there for a reason. the large representation at the house of reps is for a reason – we are different and no region must be left behind. Governments must be all inclusive to ensure that everyone feels a sense of belonging.

    Now a specific region has always pushed the agenda of federal character and quota system (when convenient). that is why a child from Anambra will have to score 139 to get into a unity school and a child from Yobe 2. Now this same region has come up with the Competence story. while we all “wail” about this posturing in appointments, I have been thinking hard and i believe that long term these events may help in creating a better Nigeria because
    1. Now people’s eyes will open, people will murmur and ask questions and hopefully this will speed up the unraveling of the unfair structure that currently holds Nigeria together. Perhaps people will start to ask for true federalism where the centre is weakened and where no single federating unit can hold the rest of the federation to ransom.
    2. A precedent has been set and hopefully when a southerner gets into power and appoints only his “brothers” or even family members (think INEC Chair lady) no one will raise eyebrows afterall, its only competency that matters). i have read arguments in the past that have said federal character was allowing incompetent people hide under its cloak, this is debatable as every region has competent people……..anyway in the future, only competency will matter and we will be reminded of the politically correct positions we embraced in 2015

    Nigeria as it is currently set up does not inspire confidence or patriotism. it is built on unfairness, mistrust and inequality. we will never make progress until we go back and address this situation.

    P.S During the last 5 years, GEJ was accused of being an Ijaw president by the northern elites. because for the first time since independence appointments were not skewed in their favour. GEJ’s candidate for the FIRS position was rejected by the senate on the basis of federal character. they argued he was from the south and that the outgoing chairman at the time (IFUEKO) was from the south. when GEJ appointed Boladei Igali as chief of staff, there was an outcry about him being tribalistic, GEJ withdrew the appointment. Gej also choose Inde over Atteh a southerner to head customs because of these same accusations (despite the fact that Atteh was “competent and qualified). Draw what conclusions you may……

    my final words are that Nigeria belongs to everyone and a structure which does not inspire confidence is bound to fail. there are agitations everywhere, opportunistic charlatans selling their narratives everywhere (think radio biafra). these events give the arguments of these charlatans more justification. people in the middle belt are being killed by fulani herdsmen as if they are flies. no one is speaking. when the chicken comes home to roost , will political correctness save us?

    • prettyface

      August 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Very well said.. some fellows on here are not Realistic

  36. baby geh sipping tea on this "one Nigeria" matter

    August 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    BTW Buhari said he would be running a leaner government, why do i see two advisers on National assembly matters Enang (i remember PMB said no PDP defectors would get appointments) and Kawu (one of our former “honourables” who scaled the fence at the National assembly that infamous day). if i remember correctly GEJ had only one adviser on national assembly Sen. Joy Emordi. I wont complain about women not getting representation in appointments until the “saintly” ministers are appointed in september. I’m drawing your attention to these facts because campaigns were run on comparisons…..i remember a leaner government being one of the promises but well……
    and by the way that new customs guy (Col. hameed Ibrahim Ali) was one of those who sat on the kangaroo court that sentenced Saro Wiwa to death…….

    • Fasholaslover

      August 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      @baby geh, RESPECT!
      Although, we shall discuss Saro Wiwa on another day. I hv my opinion of Saro Wiwa which is not palatable.

  37. benny

    August 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Saying it doesn’t matter as long as they are competent is an insult on other regions. No competent people from other regions?
    These “competent” northerners get higher enrolments into uni with lower jamb scores, get higher govt employment/appointment numbers… despite all these, other regions are doing better.
    This talk of competent, how did they stand a chance of being considered remotely competent if not for north based corruption?
    before you term me vitriolic, I am a northerner.
    and I like how bellanaija tries to douse flames and soften the truth with their reports of this govt.
    u ppl have sunk into propaganda. Disappointed

    • Peju

      August 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      hello benny, its been long i saw a comment on BN from you. How are you and the family?

  38. Tunmi

    August 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I thought the comments would be about the candidates’ CVs. Man oh man am I inspired to go further. There is a point to be made for regional diversity. Same for gender. As of now what I see looks good. These folks look competent on paper. We’ll see how they do.

  39. Ani

    August 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    @ Nene+ thx, I couldn’t have said it better.

    • nene+

      August 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm


  40. N. M.

    August 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I still believe that we have competent people from other tribes. you cannot say that because a person’s CV is wow, so the president has to continue appointing people from a particular tribe. He should move around and appoint people from other tribes too, who will do the work they have been appointed to do.

    its called one Nigeria, and we all have to be involved in the affairs of this country.

  41. KENNY

    August 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm





  42. Beeeee

    August 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    So, when it was time to get people’s votes and collect money to run his campaign from other parts of the country, it was one Nigeria. Now it is time for political appointments. It is slowly turning into Northern Nigeria. Please where are all those my friends that posted “Proudly 97%” on their dps and facebook profile pictures….apparently, you are part us the proud 5 percenters…lol..For the people saying you don’t care about where the appointees come from as long as they work, you better care o. Because when they start that work that you want them to work, they will also favour their own people, which most of you are not part of. Our country is a very unique one and is in a very fragile state right now. Every geo political zone should be represented. He is the President so at the end of the day, it’s up to him but if he is serious about uniting this country, he is going about it the wrong way. Their credibility wasn’t a problem when he was receiving looted funds to run his campaign abi? He needs to find a way to balance his appointments o. When he was wearing etibo and wearing agbada forming one Nigeria, e nor know say credible person no dey? This is a big slap, infact blow to the people who toiled tirelessly for him…smdh

  43. NG

    August 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Poor befuddled Nigerians! Your problems continue. You aspire to modern and civilised means of governance but care nothing about the structures and philosophy that it got it right for other countries that should serve as examples for you. You forget you are human beings and not stones, meaning you have emotions and instincts that should receive considerations in policies. You forget that leadership is about the hearts and minds of the led too. You sell yourselves cheap and no wonder your leaders will continue to lack respect for you.

    When men choose to fail to see wrong as wrong but rather argue against their own convinctns and natural inclinations, i thnink the best thing to do is to quietly make a decision for self-interest preservation. We will leave the job of nation building for another era folks.

    • chichi

      August 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      A brain. This right here is the best comment on this post. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  44. Graciemama

    August 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    It’s about time we put sentiments and bias aside. Federal character has just been a pain in the neck. If Buhari likes, he can appoint his Daura village heads as ministers. So long as they are credible and will deliver, chikena.
    ‘And if the matter still pain you reach sote your body just de hot’, chill till 2019 and vote him out…gaskia!

  45. oversabi

    August 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    To end my excitement this morning, I want o say that there are tens of thousands of LEARNED and SEASONED administrators from all parts of the country. In fact, in terms of exposure to a variety of systems, the south has more people who can identify with working in democracies we emulate around the world. therefore, if there was an open and merit based way for these appointments, Buhari somehow would have found Southerners somewhere. If no where else in the south, the yorubas are plenty in number. So I would really like to not beat the drums of discord and talk endlessly about these seemingly lopsided appointments but you have to ask – what are the technical criteria for these appointments? How do you select an SSG or any of the leaders in a way that allows for fair consideration of a diverse group of qualified applicants? We heard talk about transparency, ethics, etc during the elections. What is the process here? We read about equity in BUhari’s 100 day agenda. What is the process for assuring equity in process and outcomes? What was the structure put in place to assure that the names placed before him are not only the worst of the south and the best of the north? How do we know that because Buhari might be overwhelmed by “this change sef”, there is not a Cheney/Rumsfeld axis of evil busy shuffling cards for him to suit their own purposes by presenting candidates like Rochas and Tinubu as the best of the south and more people from the north with less soil as the best from the north? My point is that are we sure that even if Buhari wants to be fair that the process that has been put in place is allowing him to reach a fair outcome? For those of you who are saying that all you want is change and you are happy with whatever happens up there as long as you see change in the way you have defined it in your microcosm of Nigeria, change is a sliding scale. First you want functional PHCN. Once you have steady power, your standards change and you now want more sophistication in your life. It is upwards mostly and with each new level of awareness of what could be better about life comes the awareness that you too have a role to play in driving the change you appreciate. So if you get to that phase of life in a couple years or decades depending on how slow your progress is, and you find out that a system of belief has now been rooted in place, where a certain tribe only has access to decision making positions you are now ready to work for, how would you feel? Let us not force ourselves to ignore the warning bells in our head. When your gut/instinct/spirit (whatever you want to call it) speaks to you about these things, you better believe that it is a cautioning that merits attention.

    • prettyface

      August 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Very well said…

  46. Oyin

    August 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Who cares what their ethnicity/region is?
    The only criteria I have for them is “can they do their jobs right?”
    We need to get past this regional and ethnic politics.
    How will Buhari appointing a southerner affect your life?
    It seems people care about seeing their kinsmen in high positions than Nigeria actually moving forward.

  47. baby geh sipping tea on this "one Nigeria" matter

    August 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    for the avoidance of doubt, this is what section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution says-

    “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and
    the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the
    federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to
    command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no
    predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other
    sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”

    draw the conclusions you want to draw from it, not my opinion, just the so called supreme constitution.

    • nunulicious

      August 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      I love your analysis oh this baby geh sipping tea. Are you a lawyer?

    • baby geh sipping tea on this "one Nigeria" matter

      August 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Yes I am! 🙂

  48. Belle

    August 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    How come it is only Ibo tweets you see?

  49. OM

    August 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Baby geh, you ‘packed’ enough sense into ur submission, as an old man who witnessed Biafra and all that he should know better than using un inclusive appointments to split the country

    • baby geh sipping tea on this "one Nigeria" matter

      August 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm


    • meems

      August 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      baby geh sipping tea on this “one Nigeria” matter, na you talk am pass. I like how you have given us a complete outlook on this matter. One of our peoples dey talk say “ema efre ntak, ntak otoho”. Oya Naija people, don’t say you did not see the signs. Abeg, I no get energy to continue.

  50. Zayn

    August 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I remember there was a post on BN where people said they should stop the quota system especially for admission into universities and Nene especially was vocal that it should be stopped and people should be given admissions on merit and stop giving northerners admission over southerners who are more qualified just because of this same federal character.. My point here is we have to decide what we truly want as a people, Federal character or not? we cannot be for it when it favours us and against it when it doesn’t. Let us pick one and stand for it.

    One Nigeria

    My Opinion

  51. Flaquisaidso

    August 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hmm! In fact PMB, this is a travesty. I really wish one could have an insight into your mind in order to understand why your appointments so far have been lopsided.

    On the other hand, I blame the contributory negligence of all those who took to social media to criticise all potential appointees from the South as being unfit to be appointed for one reason or the other. Your myopia has become counterproductive. Now you have given PMB just cause not to appoint all those potential appointees from the South regional such as Fashola, Amaechi, etc due to your constant bickering and wailing give yourself a mighty pat on the back, clap for yourselves and sit the heck down. You see yourself? Now he has walked into your filthy trap you want to start another round of wailing about a Northern Agenda. Shame on you all! Whatever has transpired now is your fault. You hear me? My people in the South can sometimes be so myopic it makes my blood boil. When did we ever see anyone from the Northern region come out in the media to criticise any potential political appointee from the North? Ehn! When? Now you see what your unguarded utterances have caused you a crying “wolf”, and more than the bereaved too. So sad and irritating! Obnoxious noise makers!! We know your type that does much more talking than actual thinking. Shior! Awon oni ranu a laini nkan se amomi tayin.

  52. aireen

    August 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    If PMB thinks these appointees are competent enough, that’s fine. But if it were to be the other way round, for e.g, a president from the eastern part of the country appointing only easterner s, there would be tension in the north. The northerners won’t hesitate to cause violence. U will understand what I mean better if u had lived or still living there.

  53. Lol

    August 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Who f-ing cares.
    The white house is full of Republicans we Dont mop and complain we work together.
    If it take northeens to change Nigeria then so be it.
    All those people resumes look very competent. So just do your job.

    • FasholasLover

      August 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Huh? Pls. how many ethnic groups are in Amrica? The thing this Amrica comparison will cause! If Buhari wants, let him appoint only APC card carrying member (this is ur analogy right?) We don’t care. What we care about is full representation of all the geo political zones that make up Nigeria. The Nigerian constitution is very explicit for obvious reasons. How some here fail to see the implications of the current Buhari agenda is baffling.

      I hope all those who do not see anything in Buhari appointing only people from his village, understand that, they have tacitly told the whole world that they and everyone they know lacks integrity and competence. A can do spirit, intelligence and honesty all reside in Northerners alone. How juvenile. How myopic. Statements lacking in critical thinking and intelligence.

    • slice

      August 29, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      America is not past this
      If president is from midwest, he will pick vice from.another part of the country.
      For secretarial appointments people count how many are white black hispanic etc and then count how many are women. And on it goes
      Women are not even complaining too much about how many of pmb`s appointments are men

  54. NaijaPikin

    August 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    This thing na simple matter. The current administration is the one forcing Nigerians to focus on ethinicity only. If not, they will borrow themselves sense and release complete qualifications of all apointees.

    If you are selling qualification as reason for appointments, then why won’t you give us these qualifications so we can talk about it. sigh

  55. mabel

    August 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    So we don’t have competent people in the south? Eh, yet it is the same ‘competent north’ that ran Nigeria to the ground. Ok presido, keep doing you. I have said it before and will say it again. Let it be that you are sincere. You can’t mock God. You can mock Nigerians. Let what happened to Nebuccadnezer not happen to you. Be sincere o and God will help you. Enough said.

  56. Somebody

    August 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I have largely ignored ranting about Buhari and his appointments but I woke up so upset this morning I had to come and rant. Imagine, Nigerian youths justifying this nonsense. I don’t support zoning or a quota system – I genuinely think that for Nigeria to succeed, appointments must be based on merit. But let’s be real here, the most competent Nigerians are not in the North. The region of Nigeria with the highest level of illiteracy suddenly has the most competent hands? How did that happen? In all standardized exams in Nigeria, special consideration is given to the Northerners and cut off marks reduced to near ridiculous levels to ensure that they pass. In the civil service, it is the same thing. If you have close relatives in the civil service, please ask them. Instead, they use nepotism to help themselves along and head our civil service organizations and suddenly we claim they are the most competent hands in the whole of Nigeria.

    There are some appointees that you can’t help but argue that the appointment was probably based on merit but the fact that almost all Buhari’s appointments are from the North gives me a strong indication that his appointments are not based on merit.

    It is a collective insult to me and the millions of young and competent professionals to suggest that Buhari’s appointments are okay and based on merit. The lop-sided nature of his appointments is very worrying. I left the U.S. to Nigeria to make sure my kids don’t feel like second class citizens. So imagine my disgust now that youths who should know better are trying to suggest that the Northeners are somehow better – after all it is only there Buhari saw competent people. The people in the rest of the country are only good to be what?

    No doubt, there are some brilliant and competent Northerners but they DO NOT make up the majority in such a large and multi-ethnic country like Nigeria. Anybody that suggests so is a bloody liar. So it is not too much to ask Buhari that his appointments should reflect the diversity of the nation. If you tell him otherwise, you obviously don’t have the nation’s best interests at heart.

    Finally, we should not be afraid to speak up against Buhari (whether you are a staunch supporter or not). We need to tell him when he is on the right track and when he isn’t (any true leader will appreciate this). If not we will end up with a country that hasn’t progressed despite voting for change.

  57. Justice

    August 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Usually believed all these ‘north’ allegations against president buhari was baseless but now I’m convinced and while he goes on this so called competence search which obviously isfound in one region, I’m done supporting him. If anything, his latest appointment was a big disappointment. Having amaechi who played a major role to his victory being sidelined in that manner is enough. And yes amaechi deserved that position not just deserved but earned it. Despite who so ever was against it be it the Malicious attempt by wike- a man embedded with corruption and violence with only one agenda to tarnish amaechi’s image rather than focus on the state he won with violence and killings characterized in the election. Yet never bothered to set up a committee to investigate the killings of rivers people which everyone knows he will be indicted. But solet made amaechi his focus and mr buhari succumbed. I’m disappointed. And sure I’m not the only one. And i think it’s time for everyone to evaluate their stance- ROCHAS,FASHOLA,ONU and Rt hon. AMAECHI. Well good luck to buhari winning 2019. He should enjoy his ride while he still has it, since he has decided to be swayed by people who weren’t instrumental during his election and campaigns like TINUBU. Finally to PDP wike, tinubu and saraki also causing rift in his party APC. The die is cast!!!.

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