- Claims of President Buhari favouring some sections of the country in appointments has been dismissed by the presidency
- Presidential aide Garba Shehu in an interview on Sunday, May 30, described the claims as an old story
- According to him, Nigerians accuse every government that comes into power of nepotism
The presidency on Sunday, May 30, responded to claims that President Muhammadu Buhari favours some sections of the country in government appointments.
Garba Shehu, the senior special adviser on media, in reaction to a question on true federalism said Nigerians accuse every government that comes into power of nepotism.
The presidential spokesman who made the disclosure during an interview on Channels TV's political programme, Sunday Politics, described the claims as an old story.
He noted that previous presidents such as Olusegun Obasanjo, late Musa Yar'Adua, Goodluck Jonathan face similar accusations, adding that it is not new.
“Let me tell you, this is an old story, was Obasanjo accused of this, didn’t they accuse late Yardua and Mr Jonathan? Look Nigerians will accuse every government that comes into place of nepotism. In fact so long as they were not appointed themselves as individuals, they will be crying ethnicity and religion. So this is nothing new.”
Buhari appoints new chief of army staff
Recall that President Buhari appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new chief of army staff following the death of ex-COAS Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash.
This was disclosed in a brief statement released by the Defence Headquarters and sighted by Legit.ng on Thursday afternoon, May 27.
Prior to his appointment, Major General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.
FG reveals why Buhari appointed Yahaya
Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed the rationale behind President Buhari’s appointment of Major General Yahaya.
The government made the clarification via the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi-Magashi (rtd) in a statement issued on Friday, May 28.
The statement issued by the minister's spokesman, Mohammad Abdulkadri, and seen by Legit.ng, said President Buhari's choice was fuelled by patriotism and the need for national cohesion.