(NIA) Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
The governor said; “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.”
He said; “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.”
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.
“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 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,” Governor Fayose said.