The Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER), Frank Tietie has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of his former aid, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the newly-appointed Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), insists the President has abused the principles of federal character.
Tietie, a renowned Human Right Lawyer on the popular Omnibus Radio Programme, made the declaration through a statement made available to INFORMAVORES NEWS in the week. According to the statement, he maintained that any region in Nigeria that control the life wire of a nation’s military strength controls everything in the polity, accusing President Buhari of maligning other regions in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The statement reads in parts: “There is no doubt about the fact that he who controls force, especially organised force in a polity controls everything.”
“In a mutually suspicious political arrangement like Nigeria, where one section of the country whether geographical or religious, controls the major security structures, such amounts to a violation of the constitution which provides in *Section 14(3)* 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.”
“The recent appointment by president Buhari of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the substantive Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) further exacerbates the angst of many who think President Buhari is out to drive a political agenda that favours the interest of some Northern Nigerian oligarchs.”
Though the Right Advocate down played popular arguments on matters relating to Ahmed Rufai Abubakar’s qualification for the plum job, Tietie rather hinged his argument against sectionalism and imbalance political posture of Buhari administration, particularly as it affects national unity and spirit of oneness in the country, insists such grand standi by Buhari led government is not healthy for the nation.
Tietie therefore advised President Buhari to borrow a leaf from past administrations of Obasanjo/Jonathan governments, who he said were more objective on military related appointments during their tenures.
He noted further, “Whereas, the qualification of the said appointee is not in issue, the feeling of estrangement his choice creates in other sections of country ought to have been considered by the President.”
“The Northern Nigerian political elites that currently prevail in Nigerian politics should adopt the game approach by playing according to the rules and take the risk, for the sake of national unity, the enthronement of a sense of belonging and an enduring democratic country, by acting like previous Southern Presidents (Obasanjo and Jonathan) who conceded national security positions of serious relevance to other sections of the country or persons of different religious persuasions other than theirs.”
“The lopsided appointments of security chiefs in favour of Northern or moslem extractions in the President Buhari led administration is not healthy for nation building.”
“Politics is indeed about the sharing of resources but where it becomes manifestly clear that President Buhari by this action, in addition to other political decisions, shows sectionalism and insensitive use of political discretion, other sections of the country, particularly minorities would feel seriously alienated and marginalised. This is worrisome in the light of Nigeria’s history.”
“This administration of President Buhari must do more in the fulfillment of the above constitutional directive on political appointments, especially in the area of security in order to promote a sense of unity, equality, balance and togetherness of Nigerians without compromising competence.” He concluded.
It would be recalled that, the recent announcement of the new Director General of NIA, Ahmed Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations, has generated rancours in the polity, as many Nigerians have castigated president Muhamadu Buhari as being lopsided in his recent appointments, while many others berated the presidency on the qualification of the Ahmed Abubakar for the highly sensitive job.
- Sola Omosola Akingboye graduated from Lagos State University, Ojo and also an alumni of International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. The Abuja based Media Consult is a member of NUJ, FCT Chapel; Member, Nig Energy Correspondents and affiliate of other proffesional bodies such as Believe in Nigeria Initiative (BINI); Change Agent for Positive Transformation (CAPT); OSHA Association for Industrial Safety in Nigeria. He is currently an Associate Editor and Chairman Editorial Board Informavores.com.ng.