President Muhammad Buhari’s has appointed his long time political friend Engr. David Lawal as the Secretary to the Federal Government, and he also appointed Alhaji Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff. These new appointments have been heavily criticized by Nigerians as one sided. The President of Arewa Youths Consultative assembly, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, described the appointments as too sectional. Yerima said, “It is unfortunate the way the situation is, because one becomes worried. We must be seen to be nationalistic than being sectionalised. I am beginning to feel uncomfortable because the complaint is that the appointments are seen to be lopsided. I also do not think that is the intention of the government. However, no matter how we pretend, the reality is that things are not done in the right way.”
Shetima added, “the government should be seen to be more nationalistic than sectionalised. If we truly believe in true federalism and federal character, it should go round. We cannot say that a particular area has the best brains in the country. I think the government should look into that area thoroughly in as much as the President has good intentions.”
Chief Chukwumeka Ezeife former Governor of Anambra State, said these new Buhari appointments have marginalized the South East, arguing “I do not know the rationale behind those appointments. No South-East person is in those appointments. So I am not interested.”
Alhaji Abubakar Tsav also criticized the new Buhari appointments; he called them lopsided, arguing further that Nigeria has many qualified citizens from all parts of the country and that Buhari should accommodate other Nigerians to reflect the national character.
Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), another Buhari close associate was named as the Controller General of Customs. President Buhari also named Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi as Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service.
Other appointees includes Senator Ita Enang named as as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) while Hon. Suleiman Kawu was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House). The president’s mean actions would do nothing to unite Nigeria; instead it will continue to further the divisions and disunity existing in the country.