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FASEHUN To BUHARI: Your impunity is dividing Nigeria

FASEHUN To BUHARI: Your impunity is dividing Nigeria

Founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dividing the country and asked that he immediately cancel the recent lopsided appointment by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Fasehun decried the level of “unbelievable insensitivity” and “impunity” which he said Buhari-led government demonstrated and has maintained in his appointments since coming to power in 2015.

The OPC leader stated this on Tuesday at a press conference in Lagos, adding that separatist agitation as well as call for the restructuring of the country became so loud owing to President Buhari’s impunity.

He warned that the President must stop heating up the polity with his divisive tendencies.

He said, “When he first took power in 2015 and began his initial appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated unbelievable insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity, unity and Constitution by unfolding a list of appointees clearly dominated and monopolised by his Northern kinsmen to the alienation and disadvantage of other regions, especially the South-East.

“For example, of the six security service chiefs Buhari has appointed, the North dominates with four appointees, to the South’s two, with the South-East, in fact, having none. By July 2016, President Buhari had appointed 47 Southerners and 75 Northerners into various non-ministerial public offices; again the South-East brought up the rear with 12 appointees, where Buhari’s North-West had the largest chunk 34 of political office holders.”

On the recent NNPC appointment he said, “Unfortunately, this far-from-nationalistic lopsidedness and Northern domination has been repeated in the recently announced directors for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). And OPC joins other well-meaning patriots to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately cancel the new NNPC appointments.

“Of the 15 new directors, 10 (67 percent) come from the mostly Hausa-Fulani North, three are Yoruba, two come from the South-South and none from the South-East. President Buhari must urgently review these appointments to reflect Federal Character, failing which the Senate should bar the appointees from resuming in office.

“We understand that secret appointments into Federal parastatals like the NNPC, NPA and CBN and security arms like the DSS and EFCC have followed this trend, heavily skewed against the South in favour of the North.

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According to Fasehun, Buhari has contradicted the letter and spirit of the Constitution he swore to uphold, specifically the Federal Character principle in Section 14(3), that “the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity…”

On alleged impunity by Buhari he said, “The President must realise that favouring the North with his lopsided appointments is an act of impunity, and it has sparked the raging agitations for disintegration, ethnic separatism and restructuring. Continuing down this path will further overheat the polity. The agitations for Biafra, for example, began and became heightened with the President’s flagrant disregard for the extant provisions of the constitution and his failure to run an all-inclusive government.”

Among other things, Fasehun listed some appointment in the nation’s security institutions that shows how Buhari encouraged “unhealthy trend of Northern domination and Southern marginalisation.

The listed security appointments to the North as he listed include National Security Adviser; Inspector General of Police; Chief of Army Staff; Chief of Air Staff; Chief of Defence Intelligence; Director General, State Security Services, SSS; Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service; Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service; and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman.

 

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  • yanju omotodun

    Though this is a caveat for buhari but it’s emanating from the wrong person, fasheun never liked this government for once because he couldn’t sap from them unlike in the days of the pdp

    • Balarabe musa

      Thank God you people know the truth

      • Jimoh Salihu Ovansa

        The OPC leader should stop making noise b/cos of his selfish interest,where was he during Jonathan Administration when appointment was lopsided to southerners with key position and leave other region with their fate without any consideration especially the north east lavage with insurgency.pls with due respect for the yorubas elders should call Fasehun to order b4 the peace of this country is distablize to a different disposition.I rest my opinion.

    • Abeni Adebisi

      Even from his speech, it was obvious he didn’t like anything about the Buhari administration. He can keep his opinion to his pocket, this government won’t stop because of that.

  • seyi jelili

    The truth is that no matter what we do, the northerners will always get the highest appointment in the government even though they follow Federal character, they have 19 states to themselves and other regions are sharing 17 states.

    • Balarabe musa

      You are right, baba buhari is only following federal character in appointment

      • JOHNSON PETER

        I won’t have expected you to say otherwise because you are a northerner

        • Obinna Anigbo

          Do you mean the northerners should not say the truth and you want one Nigeria

    • Slim

      Coward like u

  • Abeni Adebisi

    Definitely, not everyone will like Buhari. I’m disappointed Fasheun of all people said this, no president in this world can be totally fair to everyone in his country, Buhari has to be bias a little and there’s no crime in it.

    • Slim

      Mumu like u

  • Animashaun Ayodeji

    Before today, a lot of people have criticized Buhari and called him all sort of Names, the funny thing is most of them made headlines, in order to find himself on the headline, Fasheun criticized Buhari’s government. All these people are after the news than sincerity. Sincere people don’t make headlines often, only liars like Fasheun do

    • Anita Kingsley

      People hate to be challenged with the truth, I’m not surprised you’re defending your master by calling Fasheun liar. Buhari his the person causing hatred in this country, he’s the one making Nigerians to get desperate for breakup, a good leader will never be bias

      • Slim

        Why do u waste your precious time replying that goat?