President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to appoint an indigene of Kano, Yusuf Bichi has attracted more negative reactions than expected as the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership said the appointment exposed the President to his rabid nepotism.
Buhari had on Thursday replaced Mathew Seyeifa as the Acting Director-General, Department of State Services.
The SMBLF in a statement which was collectively signed by Chief Edwin Clark (South-South), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (South-West), Chief John Nwodo (South-East) and Dr. Bitrus Pogu (Middle Belt) said the nation had not had a more sectional and tribalistic like Buhari since 1960.
The forum noted that the current appointment exposed Buhari, who they said does not believe in one Nigeria.
The elder statesmen said, “The I-don’t-care and in-your-face attitude of the President in restoring Nigeria security architecture to the provocative situation of having 16 out of 17 service chiefs from his corner of the country is a clear demonstration of the fact that Nigeria for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is no more than his section of Nigeria.
“Since 1960, Nigeria has never had a leader more sectional, parochial, and tribalistic like the current President who went on a global stage to divide Nigeria into “97 and 5 per cent.”
The group said that from analysis, Bichi does not possess the same professional experience as the Seyeifa.
“The only qualification for this appointment is therefore only the rabid nepotism of the President which has seen him always masking personal and sectional interest as “national interest.”
“Besides, Bichi is an out-of-the -system man drafted by Mr Lawan Daura in the days of his nepotism rule at the DSS. The next six most senior persons in the line of succession at the DSS after Seiyefa, from our findings, are all southerners which may explain why the President picked a man who already retired from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity,” the forum said.
By entrenching himself further into the cocoon of ethnic irredentism, the regional leaders said Buhari had demonstrated that “he does not care a hoot about the unity, cohesion and oneness of Nigeria.”