- It's the season of political appointments in Nigeria
- The tenure of many appointees in the federal government has ended or coming to an end as the case may be
- It behoves the president to replace such appointees, and in the last week, there have been new helmsmen appointed into key positions
President Muhammadu Buhari has made six key political appointments in the last week.
The appointments have been across the board and from different sectors including the military, extractive sector and the financial sector.
More appointments are expected in the coming weeks as the tenure of many other appointees draws to an end.
Legit.ng lists the six appointments made by the president in the last week
1. Major-General Samuel Adebayo
He was appointed as Nigeria’s new Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI). He took over leadership of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) from Air Vice-Marshal Muhammed Usman who is now retired.
2. Mr Aghughu Adolphus A.
His appointment as the Auditor-General for the Federation was ratified this week by the Nigerian Senate after the president sent his name to the red chambers for confirmation. He is from Edo state in south-south Nigeria.
3. Dr Ogbonnaya Orji
President Buhari approved the appointment of Dr Ogbonnaya Orji as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) with effect from Friday, February 19.
Before his new appointment, Orji who hails from Abia state was the agency’s director of communications and advocacy. He is also a veteran journalist.
4. Abudulrasheed Bawa
40-year old Bawa has been nominated as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) subject to confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.
The Kebbi-born EFCC top staff has been with the anti-graft agency since its inception in 2003. His appointment is a deviation from the past where serving police officers have been nominated to head the commission.
5. Ahmed Abubakar Audi
President Buhari appointed Audi as the new commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps this week.
Audi was appointed to replace Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, the former commandant-general, following his retirement from service.
He emerged as the best candidate among the top-ranking officers who passed through a selection process initiated by the ministry of interior.
6. Haliru Nababa
President Buhari appointed Nababa as the new Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) this week.
Until his new appointment, Nababa was the head of the directorate of finance and accounts in the NCoS.
Meanwhile, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the nomination of Bawa as chairman of the EFCC as another win for Nigerian youths.
The NYCN made the declaration in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, February 17, and signed by its president, Comrade Solomon Adodo.
The council said Nigeria has made another new discovery in Bawa, adding that they fully support the new EFCC boss to succeed in his new role.
In a related development, a group, Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum has commended President Buhari over the nomination of Bawa.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 16, and signed by its chairman, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, the group described the choice of Bawa as the best thing to have happened at the leadership level of the EFCC.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.