Buhari A Northern President – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said President
Muhammadu Buhari was operating as a president of Northern Nigeria only,
describing steps taken by the president since May 29, 2015 as tainted in ethnic
and tribal colouration, which is inimical to the unity of Nigeria.
The governor, who descried what he called President 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.”
According to a statement issued on Monday, by his Special
Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose
said 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 added: “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.”
Governor Fayose, who maintained that Nigeria can only move
forward if there was equity and fairness, said those who made the country’s
constitution and enshrined the principle of Federal Character were mindful of
the ethnic diversity of the country, adding that President Buhari running
Nigeria as if he was a Northern Nigeria’s President was not in the interest of
the country.
“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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