North-East caucus supports Buhari on recent appointments
Led by its Chairman and former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, the group said that in the current wave of appointments, it was imperative to place priority on people of credible antecedents and proven efficiency other than ethnic considerations.
He said: “Fellow Nigerians, it is high time we got it right. It is not about where a man comes from but about what he can deliver, especially in the interest of his people”.
Recall that out of the total number of 31 appointments that were so far made by Mr. President, 24 were from the North while the remaining seven were distributed between the South West and South-South geo-political zones. Meanwhile, South East has no representative so far.
This situation has been generating controversies from some Nigerians who described the appointments as lopsided.
But Senator Goje recalled that most key appointments in the last administration, especially those of the Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Special Adviser on Media as well as Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters were from the Southern region.
According to him, nobody made huge cry about it. “Thus, we appeal to Nigerians that this administration is just about 100 days old and there are thousands of appointments to be made by Mr. President. Therefore, we believe that no section of the country would be marginalized”, Goje noted.
He added that if Nigeria must move forward, people must be ready to make a choice. “Either we decide on an ethnic free future and move on to greater heights or we continue to hold on to ethnic sentiments and remain backward. We must shun all recessive agents and embrace change in the interest of democracy”.
Also speaking, a Senator representing Adamawa North under the All Progressives Congress, Binta Garba Masi, noted that national development should be priority in government appointments rather than ethnic interest.