Buhari’s appointments not lopsided – Presidency
The Presidency has described claims, suggestions and insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments are tilted in favour of a section of Nigeria as simply untrue and certainly uncharitable.
Presidential spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement Saturday, faulted an October 29 publication of Business Day that 81 of Buhari’s 100 appointees are northerners, saying the article was either an ignorant effort or a mischievous attempt to mislead the public and portray Buhari’s administration in bad light.
Adesina said the publication’s inconsistencies and selective reportage were questionable as the article was divisive with its many misleading statements that should be taken with a pinch of salt.
He said what Nigerians needed now were unity and constructive dialogue that would help the nation march forward on the right path, not divisive and misleading reportage.
Adesina, who posited that it was false for anyone to say Buhari’s appointments were lopsided, said all records showed that majority of the president’s appointees across different portfolios were not from the north, as the publication alleged.
The presidential spokesman said if the publication did not have ulterior motives, a simple enquiry from official sources in the Presidency would have prevented “this unwarranted public disinformation.”
Adesina stated that despite the distractions and biased reportage of the publication article, the president remained committed to serving all Nigerians, no matter the tribe, ethnicity or region.
Adesina, who said the writer of the article unilaterally selected 100 appointees to drive home the distraction presented as facts, released a graph showing the breakdown of current federal agency appointments per state “reflecting the true picture of the spread.”
He said: “First of all, the publication could not even cross the t’s and dot the i’s properly. For instance, the author wrongly named the Director-General, NISER, as Haruna Yerima, whereas the DG, NISER is actually Folarin Gbadebo-Smith. Again, the author wrongly identified the CEO, NDLEA as Muhammad Abdallah. However, Mrs. Roli Bode-George is the CEO, NDLEA. Why will a publication of the status of Business Day embark on such shoddiness, or are we to conclude this was calculated to create a particular perception?
“The article also wrongly named Tunde Irukera as Executive Secretary of CPP,-whatever that is- instead of Consumer Protection Council (CPC). Rather conveniently, the publication ignored mentioning that Mr Emeka Nwankpa is chairman of CPC. Not only that, the writer claimed that the Director-General of the Budget Office is Aliyu Gusau, whereas Mr. Ben Akabueze is the actual DG, Budget Office. Besides, the publication made not just one, but several errors on names and positions, in what could be seen as a deliberate attempt to mislead the reading public, along the lines of some intended distortions of the truth.
“For example, there are several other appointments the publication failed to mention, which clearly shows the fair geopolitical spread of President Buhari’s appointees. For instance, the publication didn’t mention Sharon Ikeazor, Director-General, PTAD, who is from Anambra, South East; Folorunsho Coker, DG, NTDC; who is from Lagos, South West; Ituah Ighodalo, of the National Council of Privatisation, who is from the South South; Eze Duru Ihioma, Chairman, NPC, who is from Imo, South East, among many others.
“There are at least 50 names of the President’s appointees that the article didn’t mention that are not from the North, while there are some others that were already in place before the administration came in but reconfirmed by the Buhari administration.
“Aside from that, several names of board members/appointees from other parts of the country were deliberately left out. These include Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, NCC Chairman, Sunday Dare, NCC Executive Commissioner, Jide Zeitlin, NSIA Chairman, Anthony Ayine, Auditor General of the Federation, Anibor Kragha, COO NNPC, Chiedu Ugbo, MD NDPHC, Uche Orji, CEO NSIA, Osita Okechukwu, DG VON, Yemi Kale, DG NBS and Waziri Adio, Executive Secretary NEITI, among several others.”