Nigeria: Appointments Are Buhari’s Prerogative – Femi Adesina

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Appointments Are Buhari's Prerogative - Femi Adesina

While speaking on the furor and outrage that trailed the recent appointments made by President Buhari, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina has come out to speak in defence of Buhari.

President Buhari had on Thursday August 27 2015 made the following appointments:

Engr. Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Federal Government

Alhaji 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).

These latest appointments were not well received  by most Nigerians as the appointments were once again lopsided in favour of the North. The lopsided nature of the appointments made so far by Mr President has resulted in him being called the President of the Northern Republic of Nigeria by some aggrieved Nigerians.

Mr Adesina in defending these appointments noted that these are early days and that the President still has a lot of appointments to make. He was confident that the appointments will level out as more appointments are made.

Adesina said “”In terms of the spread, the President has prerogative to appoint and he knows there is federal character. I am sure that there will be balance in the future.” Many however do not believe this as they quickly point to his statement regarding 97% vs 5% while speaking about areas that voted for hims and those that did not.

Mr Adesina also said that it would not be fair to blame Buhari for the positions that were based on elections like the Senate President, Speaker of the house etc. He said “The issue of key positions and no key positions should not be the issue.” This appears to mean that Nigerians should not regard some positions as being more powerful than others. This obviously comes on the heels of accusations that the President could balance the so called spread by giving certain appointments regarded as inconsequential to other parts to “balance out” the appointments.

Mr Adesina also said that no one can question the competence of the characters that were appointed by Mr President. This may raise some questions especially with cases like the appointment of a the head of the DSS and the new Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service.

The appointment of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) as Comptroller General of the NCS may not have contravened any constitutional provisions. However, one will wonder how this will affect ranking officers of the NCS who were qualified to occupy this position. This is also the same as the case of the new Director of The DSS.

As September approaches, Nigerians are eagerly waiting to see how the appointment of Ministers will go.

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