Buhari’s Appointments And Unending Tribal Sentiments
The Recent appointment of Ahmed Abubakar, as the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, by President Muhammadu Buhari has raised dusts, with some critics questioning why the President had ensured all security agency heads are from the north.
Nigeria is a nation made up of at least 385 tribes and it is one nation that prides itself as being united even in the face of such diversity.
So many people do not believe this statement but I know the fact that Nigeria is still together largely supports such reference.
After the appointment of Mr Abubakar, diverse comments trailed a tweet that made it public on the President's Twitter handle.
Most of the comments were centred on the decision of the president to make another man from the north to head another security agency.
But I am putting all cards on the table for a clearer view of the sentiments that may be behind the appointment.
Ethnic segregation has always been with us and it has become part of our lives.
The younger generation are trying their best to dump it but it is becoming more difficult to cross the finish line without a stain.
What is the reason for this?
From questions asked, people feel more comfortable when they are with someone who speaks the same language with them than when they are with a person from another tribe (with a different language).
The appointment of the NIA boss may have been triggered by the fact that Baba, like an average Nigerian and being an old man, feels safer among security heads from his tribe.
Don’t forget that he was once a soldier and had benefited from a coupe d'etat years ago.
Nigerians have raised concerns, but very few of them have taken time to really ponder over these facts.
Unfortunately, his sentiment will continue until nepotism is replaced with consideration of merit and commitment of the individual to making Nigeria great again and not engaging in unending loyalty to the piper.
A policy analyst, Dr. Boniface Chizea, told Bounce News that as much as he feels safe with someone from his tribe as his driver, he would also give consideration to competence.
He stressed that competence should be the focus, if the nation must be out of the woods in every sector of the economy.
Dr. Chizea believes that what is topmost on the list of considerations is whether the person made head of an establishment is a good manager.
He, however, highlighted that politically, considering the Federal Character Principle, there is need to also look in the direction of other tribes in Nigeria since tribal sentiments are real.
Enshrined in Nigeria's Constitution since 1979, the principle seeks to ensure that appointments to public service institutions fairly reflect the linguistic, ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity of the country.
How much consideration this current administration has given to this principle in the appointment of individuals into the security agencies, remains a concern that the Federal Character Commission should beam its spot light on before the appointment of the next EFCC’s boss.
There are already insinuations that he will be from the north.