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Ekiti Gov Fayose describes President Buhari’s Appointments as a ‘Northernisation of Nigeria’

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Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has made his thoughts known on the appointments made by President Buhari so far.

According to a press statement released from his office by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, President Buhari is taking steps towards a ‘Northernisation’ of Nigeria because the “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.”

Governor Fayose stated that it was wrong for President Buhari to have made 31 major appointments and only seven will come from the South while 24 were from the North.

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 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.”

He continued “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.”

20 Comments

  1. T

    September 1, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Fayose, why wont you open your mouth now? i remember few months ago you were so scared and trying to find favour with the president, but now that you feel comfy, your mouth diarrhea has started again…don’t get too comfortable, and I can see you never learn, your previous administration, you were kicked out, you are on that path again now…don’t know why you and FFK wont just keep shut and be civilized for once, even if you have to contribute, make it constructive…I don’t know why people are going on and on with these appointments, regardless of the tribe the President appoints people from, once they are competent, we are cool, and Fayose, how many Ibos and Hausa people did you appoint in your administration??? im sure they are almost all Yorubas if not all, those are the people you are comfortable with, anyone will do what Mr. President has done, the only difference might just be that, while Mr. President has chosen competent Northerners, other people will go ahead and appoint incompetent people from their tribe, all in the name of ‘I want my brother to be there’
    It’s easy for people to judge, especially when they are not the ones making decision, but let them get there, they do worse…lets give them a chance to even perform, if they don’t, they’ll be kicked out, that’s the present day Nigeria…

    • nene+

      September 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

      And your point is………………………….?

      Mtcheeeeeeeew! even God said bring forth your strong reason?

      Mould Buhari an alter and switch to buharism.

      Generation of eye service! Any one who is not offended by buhari appointments so far is a chronic……………..and a national isi mkpi!

    • charles

      September 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Madam,
      Appointments made by Buhari to date (& he isn’t done yet),=NORTH=24, SOUTH=13
      Appointments made by Jonathan, as at the last day in office=SOUTH=27, NORTH=13

      I would have put the names of the appointments with their names & positions here, but it is damn long.

    • hoha

      September 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Hello @charles whilst i do not fully agree with @nene…. I would like you to know that the south is very diverse so tha 27 appointments could cut across different southern tribes… so basis for comparison is low……..say what you may but at least jonathan had a diverse government…. the major thing that brought him down was the book haram issue and his perceived non chalance and corruption.

    • Kay

      September 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      hoha, the North is even more diverse than the South. The most diverse area of Nigeria is the Middle Belt (including Adamawa, which is the part of Nigeria that has the oldest settlements). So be careful to group all places North of Oyo and Enugu as one.

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Talk Wisely. is Ekiti an Ibo State? Why would he appoint ibos in his cabinet. Let him express his mind. We are in a democratic world and freedom of speech is allowed

  2. Teekay

    September 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    This one is just trying so hard to remain relevant…. Mschewww

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      In ur mind.

  3. EseOsagie

    September 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Ayo ” omo iranu omo ale “‘ Fayose SHUT UP AND GO TAKE YOUR MEDS… MAD MAN

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      why should Fayose shut up? He’s right. Is it because he’s not a member of APC? Afterall,this is a democratic world and freedom of speech is allowed.

  4. Tayo O

    September 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Irresponsible statement by a Governor smh

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Why is the statement irresponsible? state one good reason.

  5. Michael

    September 1, 2015 at 11:17 am

    There is power, unity and beauty in diversity. the president must show nationalism in his appointment. Nigeria will be more united when other tribes and regions feel part in the governance structure of the country. Am a Ghanaian and we have walk on that road before. Ruling through division will not help the country. elections are over. the president must be seen as a father showing the Olive hand of friendship to other opponents in order to build the country together. Buhari needs all Nigerians to succeed not just Northerners. When perceptions becomes opinions and opinions becomes reality in the minds of people; it becomes difficult to change. A word to the wise ………

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Wise talk. Please tell them

  6. DDB

    September 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Dis man is kindof rite oh

    • iwalewa

      September 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Yeah,he is right. let us take out sentiments

  7. nene+

    September 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

    How you manage to defend buhari on this???? Buhari must be wary of people like you who are his true enemies!!!!

    Whom the Lord loves, he chastises! He chastises using men and women.

  8. Tunde

    September 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Irrespective of whatever prejudice we all have against Fayose. I think Buhari’s moves are not fair enough. We all know the nature of Nigerians and her politics, If Buhari wants peaceful political coexistence, he needs to ensure fair share of power. Forget Buharism or not this should be a matter of common sense.

  9. Mohammad

    September 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    It is in his language: “…enjoy[ing] juicy federal government appointments.”
    The very fact that the very important roles are regarded as enjoyable, juicy or lucrative is exactly what the problem with governance in Nigeria. Rubbish!

  10. Sammy

    September 2, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I don’t understand this. I get that the president has made a portion of his appointments without choosing many from the south(and I don’t get the problem with that) and that makes many people sad, he still has a lot of appointments to make. The real question is whether the politicians are scared that he will marginalize the country or scared that they wouldn’t get anyone ‘juicy’ jobs they can embezzle from

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