Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti State, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a northern, to replace Ayo Oke, as Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
According to Lere Olayinka, Fayose’s Special Assistant, the governor in a statement issued in the state capital, said 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.”
Governor Fayose is obviously not happy that a northern had to replace a position occupied by a southern. Adding that Ayo Oke who was sacked the same day with the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, was replaced by a northern, while Lawal was replaced by someone from his own home state.
“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?”
“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 reminded Nigerians that the President of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, had sometime last year revealed that President Buhari told the bank to shift focus on the north, saying that “because of the President’s nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before.
“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.”
“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,” Governor Fayose said