Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has said that there are other factors to consider other than federal character when the President makes his appointments.
Adesina said this during a Television programme on Sunday in a bid to provide the presidency’s perspective over the concept of federal character which many Nigerians believe has not been fairly followed in President Buhari’s appointments.
Statistics show that the South-east region has had 12 appointments while the South-south has 17, with the South west producing 16 appointees, while the North-west has the largest number of appointees with 34, the North-east has 25, while the North central has 16.
The appointment of security chiefs seems to have generated even more controversy, same as the makeup of the President’s key staff.
Adesina explained that the case of security chiefs is a peculiar one because hierarchy has to be followed in such appointments.
“The security system oftentimes operates on hierarchy and efficiency. So if you have a senior person who is also efficient and because he comes from a certain region, you bypass him, I think you are being unjust and unfair to somebody,” he said.
While admitting that the appointments are indeed more in some regions, Adesina explained that the exercise is an ongoing process in governance and more appointments would still be made.
He appealed for patience from Nigerians with the promise that appointments made by President Buhari would soon cover all regions of the country.
“At the end of the day, every part of the country is going to be taken care of,” he added.
Asked when the President would be making the so-called upcoming appointments, especially with the dissolution of the boards of some government agencies, Adesina said that the process had been concluded and was just waiting to be unveiled.
“It is the prerogative of the President to make some appointments when he deems fit to make such appointments and you can be sure that the appointments will come,” he said.
The presidential spokesman also defended the President on criticisms regarding his reactions to international tragedies and those happening within the country.
Some Nigerians have criticized the president for not doing enough to condemn the issue of herdsmen/farmers clashes in various regions of the country, but does not hesitate to condemn ugly developments that occur in foreign countries.
Adesina said: “It amazes me when people say they have not heard (the President) on this and that. What they expect is that the President will come out personally to talk on those things, which I don’t think is the thing to do.
“Why does the President have aides? Why does he have ministers? Why do we have officials in government? When they have spoken on those issues, I think we should consider that government has spoken on them,” he said.