Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has explained that there are other factors to consider other than federal character when the President makes his appointments.
President Buhari and his spokesman, Femi Adesina
While speaking when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Sunday Politics’, Femi Adesina, the presidential special adviser on media and publicity, says it is not every time that the President Muhammadu Buhari has to consider federal character while making appointments.
Recall that the president’s appointments have been generating controversy, with many Nigerians accusing him of favouring the north above other regions, and Adesina defended his boss, saying ‘every other part of the country would be taken care of’, adding that “There are some (appointments) that are not necessarily subject to federal character.”
The presidential spokesman who admitted that the appointments are indeed more in some regions, explained that the selection of security chiefs is particular, was because hierarchy has to be followed.
“When it is the turn of a person to hold a certain office and you say because he is from a certain region you then bypass him for another person, you have been unfair to that person and also to the system.
“The security system often times 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.
Adesina also said it was unfair to accuse the president of not making enough comments about issues that concern Nigerians, but respond quickly to international matters, saying Buhari does not fail to act when the need arises.
“It amazes me when people say they have not heard 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.
“Yes, the president may have not adopted the style of other leaders, but the life of every Nigerian is precious to him,” he said.
The anchor of the programme, Seun Okinbaloye, who cited instances when he felt the president ought to have spoken to Nigerians, but he failed to, and if Buhari will be more engaging in the days ahead.
The the presidential spokesman, Adesina said: “The president will do what is right and proper at all times.”
Watch the video interview below, courtesy of Channels TV;