South-West Has Highest Number Of Political Appointees - Presidency
The Presidency,on Saturday, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments are not lopsided in favour of the North as suggested by a recent media report.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated this in a statement made available to journalists.
The media report had claimed that 81 of Buhari’s appointments are from the North. But Adesina described the report as a mischievous attempt to mislead the public and portray the Buhari administration in bad light.
He said the writer unilaterally selected 100 appointees to drive home the distraction presented as “facts”. “To claim, suggest or attempt to insinuate that the President’s appointments are tilted in favour of a section of the country is simply untrue and certainly uncharitable,” Adesina said.
The presidential spokesman insisted that it is false for anyone to say that Buhari’s appointments are lopsided.
He added, “From all records, majority of the President’s appointees across different portfolios are not from the North, as the publication erroneously alleged.
“If the publication did not have ulterior motives, a simple enquiry from official sources in the Presidency would have prevented this unwarranted public disinformation.
“It must be stated clearly that, despite the distractions and biased reportage of this article, President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to serving all Nigerians, no matter the tribe, ethnicity or region, and he is also determined to ensure that Nigeria remains strong and united.
“He has, and will continue to keep faith with one Nigeria and has shown this with the administration’s diverse projects in different parts of the country’s geopolitical zones.”
From the list, the South-West leads with 40 appointees, followed by the North-West’s 30 and North-East’s 24.
The South-East has 22, the North-Central has 21 and the South-South has 20.
In all, there are 75 northerners and 82 southerners on the list.
These statistics appear to contradict popular beliefs that Buhari has favoured the north or marginalised the south-east in his appointments.
Ogun state has the highest with 21, while Imo and Kano follow with 15 each, while Edo and Katsina each has 14.
Kaduna has 12, Adamawa and Bauchi have 11 each while Borno and Lagos have 10 each.
Benue, Delta, Niger and Osun states have nine each; Gombe and Jigawa have eight each; Rivers seven while Bayelsa and Ondo have six each. Cross River, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe have five each; Enugu, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Sokoto and Zamfara have four each; Kebbi has three; while Ebonyi and Abia states have two each.
The FCT has nothing recorded against it on the graph.