Buhari is unrepentant sectional leader, says Fayose

  • Posted on: 12 January 2018
  • By: editor


.Faults appointment of northerner as NIA boss


Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has chided President Muhammadu

Buhari over replacement of the sacked National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke, with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar,

a northerner.

 The governor said, “The President has further demonstrated to

Nigerians that he is an unrepentant sectional leader, who does not

care about the feelings of people from other parts of the country.

  “With the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the NIA Director General, all heads of security agencies are now

northerners and the question is, is this what those who enshrined

federal character in our constitution envisaged?”


 The governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New

Media, Lere Olayinka, quoted him as saying in a statement issued in

Ado Ekiti on Thursday, that “seeing what President Buhari has turned the country to, the forefathers of Nigeria, who laid the foundation of

the country on equity, justice and fairness will be lamenting wherever they are now.

 “Ambassador Ayo Oke was removed from office the same day Babachir Lawal was removed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While Lawal’s replacement came from his home state, Oke’s replacement came from the north. That is unacceptable.”

 Fayose, who reminded Nigerians of the President Buhari’s directive that the World Bank should shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria, maintained that “because of the president’s

nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before.

 He said it remained on record that President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, reportedly said that in his very first meeting with President Buhari, he (Buhari) said specifically that he would like the

World Bank to shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria.

 The governor said, “President Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is an ethnic champion, a religious bigot and the number one promoter of disunity in Nigeria. This he has done again with the

appointment of yet another northerner as the NIA director general.

“Even at a point, the National Chairman of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, had to openly fault the

appointments made by the President, saying that as many as three people were appointed from one ward in a local government in the north.

“The implication of what the President has done is that, when Security

Council meeting is held today, apart from one or two insignificant

people, those in the meeting will be people from one section of the country.

“Even para-military agencies are headed by people from President

Buhari’s section of the country. This is unfair.”

 Reminding Nigerians of his earlier warnings that President Buhari was

operating as a president of the Northern Nigeria only and the

appointments made by the President negated the principle of federal

character, Governor Fayose said, “Those who argued then that the president made the appointments on merit should come to the open to tell Nigerians, especially those from the South that there is no one that merited appointment as Director General of NIA.

“Like I said before, those politicians, who painted the picture of a

changed President Buhari to Nigerians before the 2015 presidential

election must have seen now that he (Buhari) can never change from an ethnic champion to a nationalist,” Fayose said.