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Group tackles Buhari over Lopsided Appointments, wants immediate review

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…insists that Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria under Buhari

A group, the Christian Rights Agenda (CRA), has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over his lopsided appointments that is skewed against Christains.
They want the President to immediately review the appointments to douse the growing suspicion and discontentment.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the group’s interim director of Publicity, Tom Chiahemen which was made availlable to the NationalUpdate in Abuja.
The group indicated that available data has shown that the President’s
appointments, especially in his second term, are heavily skewed against Christians, especially those of northern extraction.
They therefore challenged the Presidency to make public the entire list of all Federal
Agencies and Parastatals and their heads noting that appointments such as Personal Assistants
and Special Assistants cannot in any way be equated with those of heads of Parastatals and
agencies.
The group noted that for the first time since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, Christians, especially those from the northern part of the country are not adequately represented in all arms and agencies of the Federal government.
“And for a nation that claims secularity as a principle, this development is not only worrisome but
a precursor to a feeling of marginalisation and its consequences, CRA notes.
“The president ought to (and should) see himself as father of the nation but his body language
and appointments since 2015 have left much to be desired.”
The group explained further that it is the first time in the Nigerian political history that all the three arms of government are headed by Muslims.
They pointed to the fact that the Executive is headed by President Buhari, the Legislature is headed by Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan and the Judiciary is headed by Justice Mohammed Tanko who are all muslims from the North. “Nigerians may recall
that President Buhari illegally removed a southern Christian, Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria and replaced him with a northern Fulani Muslim in the person of JusticeTanko.
“The situation is even worse in the legislature as both chambers of the National Assembly are
not just headed by Muslims but the House of Representatives is completely and totally in the hands of Muslims with the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Majority Leader and the Chief Whip all
Muslims.
“In this circumstance, we may not be wrong to conclude that the coast is now clear for anti-Christian laws and other legislative resolutions to pass through this 9th
Assembly unhindered.”
The CRA said it expects the President who chose and endorsed the present leadership of the legislature to
have taken notice of the Nigerian reality as a people.”
The statement indicated that from the foregoing the only agenda of Buhari would have been pursuant to his islamisation agenda in Nigeria.
“CRA notes with concern, that for the first time since 1999, when Nigeria returned to civilian rule
there are only two northern Christians in the Federal Executive Council as ministers out of 24 ministers from the northern part of the country.
“They are George Akume (Special Duties) and Mrs. Pauline Tallen (Women Affairs) from Benue and Plateau states respectively

“Worse still is the fact that these two very low members of the cabinet are assigned to what the
Federal government itself regard as “Grade C” ministries. All the remaining 22 are all Muslims.”
They also accused the president of appointing two senior ministers from the same states-Defense and Agriculture both from Kano state and Finance and Environment from
Kaduna state.
This they said had never happened since 1999 to have all such positions with all Muslims from the same goe-political zone (north west) as the President.
“In Kwara state, the two Ministers Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Senator Gbemisola Saraki are all
Muslims and then in Bauchi State, with Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Trade and Investment Hajiya Maryam Katagum all Muslims.”
The statement indicated that in Kaduna state particularly, since 1999, it has been the convention that where the Governor is a Muslim the minister is appointed from Southern Kaduna to balance the equation.
“There are many qualified southern Kaduna Christian APC members who worked for Buhari’s election and are still in the APC and yet have been left in the cold.
“In the Federal Capital Territory FCT, where the minister is a northern Muslim, the minister of
state has always been a southern Christian.
They said however, under Buhari, “We have both the minister Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello and minister of state, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, northern Muslims
from Adamawa and Kogi states respectively. This is unprecedented in our history.
“On the whole, out of the 44 ministers in Nigeria, only 16 are Christians while 28 are Muslims.
This huge disparity in the constitution of the Federal cabinet is not only the first of its kind in Nigeria, it is a dangerous precedent to say the least.
“As if this is not enough, the lopsidedness in the appointments of security and service chiefs has
left Christians, especially northern Christians, in the cold.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the following appointments in the military, para-military and security
sectors will suffice to buttress the point as out of 17 heads only four (4) are Christians while all
the rest are northern Muslims.
They listed them to include, National Security Adviser, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police, Comptroller General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Comptroller General of Nigerian Correctional Service (Prisons) and Director General of the Department of State Service
Othwres are Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Commandant of the Federal Fire Service, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).
“All the above are not just Muslims but are all northerners.
The question we are asking President Buhari is: Are there not qualified Christians in the north
and other Christian parts of this great nation, whose strength lies in her diversity, that can hold these posts?
“The entire south and Christians are just left with Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, and Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
‘Only four, just four.’
They observed that in a desperate effort to counter allegations of his anti-Christian appointments and deportment the Presidency released a list of political appointments however,the list of Directors- General, Managing Directors,
Executive Secretaries, Executive Directors and heads of extra-ministerial Parastatals is omitted.
“This is nothing but a desperate attempt to hide the facts and cover up for the unprecedented
lopsided appointments by President Buhari. CRA believes that is another form of corruption.”
The group explained the lists of appointments as enumerated above has put paid to the belief that President Buhari
is implementing an islamisation agenda in Nigeria where all sensitive and strategic Federal
government positions are now the exclusive preserve of Muslims especially northerners.
“Recently, the National Judicial Council NJC, recommended Rosemary Kanyip from Taraba
State, and Eleojo Enenche from Kogi state, respectively, for appointment as Judges of the High Court of FCT but missed the chance and their sin is the religion they profess. ‘CRA notes
that a larger percentage of people don’t choose their religion.
Recently, the National Judicial Council NJC, recommended Rosemary Kanyip from Taraba state
and Eleojo Enenche from Kogi state for appointment as Judges of the FCT High Court but missed the chance and their sin is that they are northern Christians.

“CRA notes that a larger
percentage of people don’t choose their religion.
“Taking cue from the body language and policies of President Buhari, some northern state Governors have also been pursuing a total islamisation agenda.
“In June 2019, Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu removed Justice Elizabeth Karatu as Acting Chief Judge of state and replaced her with a Muslim, Justice Suleiman Ambursa who was her junior on the bench and compulsorily retired her from service.
“In December last year, Gombe state Governor Inuwa Yahaya removed Justice Beatrice Iliya as
Acting Chief Judge of the and replaced her with Justice Muazu Pindiga who was also her junior
on the bench.
“In Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje removed Justice Patricia Mahmoud as Acting
Chief Judge and replaced with a Muslim Justice Nura Sagir even though she was the most
senior in the state. “Justice Patricia Mahmoud was appointed into acting capacity by former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on January 10, 2015 at the twilight of his tenure.
“In Borno state, a Christian judge was also blocked from becoming Chief Judge of the state even though he was the most senior in service.
“The marginalization and persecution of Christians in Kaduna state under the administration of
Malam Nasiru El-Rufai is not only unparalleled but is the worst in the country.
“For the first time the Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the Secretary to the state Government, and over 70 percent of Commissioners are all Muslims.
Yet according to them it was happening despite the fact that the 2006 National Population Census indicated 12 out of 23 local
government areas with dominant Christian population constitutes 51.5 percent of the population
of the state.
They drew the attention of the International community to the
brazen marginalization and persecution of Christians, especially northern Christians by
President Buhari and his co travelers in the ignoble path.
“There cannot be any further confirmation of persecution of Christians in Nigeria under President Buhari than this.
“This is a
confirmation of the recent report of persecution and marginalization of Christians in Nigeria
under the Buhari administration released by the United Kingdom Parliament.”
They urge President Buhari to review the skewed and one-sided appointments in the spirit of equity, inclusiveness, national cohesion as well as the overall interest of peace.

They say by so doing the president would be engendering peaceful
co-existence.
“The Federal Character as enshrined in section (14) sub-section (3) of the 1999 constitution which states 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, and also to command
national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few
State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its
agencies.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

By Princess Rose Yusuf

Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State has berated the Benue state governor for being an arrow head in excerbating the bad media framings, criminalizing the Fulani tribe in Nigeria.
Muhammed spoke at the Press week organised by the Bauchi state Correspondents’ Chapel, Monday, in Bauchi.
The Governor reminded Ortom that other states in the North also accommodates other tribes, including people from the Tiv extraction in Bauchi and other places.
In his words, “We have so many Tiv speaking people farming in Alkaleri, In Tafawa Balewa and in Bogoro LGAs; has anybody told them to leave the State?. “We have not; because its their own inalienable rights to be there.

Explaining further, he said there are Yorubas in Bauchi, for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria; some of them have risen to become permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of the state, and other states of the North East like Gombe and Borno.“
“However, because at the moment the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, killed him and take away his livelihood, his cows.”
The Governor said he is left with no option than to carry the AK47 because the society and the government could not protect him.
“What is his fault? it’s the fault of the government and the people.”Governor Senator Bala said“nobody  should criminalize all Fulanis, because in every tribe, there are criminals. “If Cybercrime is practiced by one tribe, you don’t criminalise all the tribe by saying they are criminals.
“That sensitivity is highly needed, and journalists have to exercised restraints in some reports, decipher the wrongs from rights, especially any report that is not building this country Nigeria, which can divide her and threaten the peace and the unity of the country

He however, commended his counterpart Simon Lalong of Plateau State for ending the mutual suspicion between fulanis and farmers of his state without looking at political differences.
He said, “I must comment the chairman of the Nortgern Governor’s forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. “With his diverse background despite being a minority State, he’s leading the northern Governors with focus, with sense of humour, and maturity.

Muhammed indicated that people like Lalong are needed in Nigeria for the good fight of faith for unity and peace in his state as the fight between farmers and fulanis in the Plateau has ceased, because of justice and equity.

Patriotism among communities is now common place in Plateau because of governance that fosters understanding between the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“And that is what is happening in Bauchi, where everyone is important. So the media must single out those people for promotion not like people in other States that are asking Fulanis to leave their lands.
The Governor indicated that nobody can intimidate any one over land since it belongs to all(our fathers land) quoting section 23, 24 and 25, of the constitution to back up his claim he said that every Nigerian is free to stay anywhere.
It is worthy of note that Governor Muhammed though not a Fulani by tribe, but a Bajari from Duguri district, Alkaleri LGA has been standing in defense of the Fulani.
In a swift reaction the Benue state Governor expressed disappointment with his colleague the Bauchi state Governor, for heaping the blame of the negative perception of Fulani herders on him.
“He said, it was surprising that a colleague, who took the oath of office to protect and preserve the Constitution, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness.

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