What may be termed nepotism in government by some political analysts used to be typical of the Nigerian, nay African traditional system of rulership and history attests to this in several instances.
Some public servants in the country who have had the privilege of handling the mantling of leadership in Nigeria are known to have appointed their children into top positions.
This piece puts together at least three governors whose children got the chance to serve in their administrations amid heated reactions and condemnation.
However, it must be said for clarity that the intention of this exclusive write-up is not to make allegations of any sort but to simply state incontrovertible facts.
1. Jona Jang (former Plateau state governor)
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In his father's administration, Yakubu served as the commissioner for lands and urban planning in the state. Before this, he was the special adviser on special duties to his father.
2. Ifeanyi Okowa (current governor of Delta)
In 2019, Governor Okowa appointed his daughter, Marilyn Okowa-Daramola, as his senior special assistant on girl child empowerment.
Defending his decision at the time, the Delta governor said he had no reason to make any apology since, according to him, her daughter is well qualified for the position.
At a media briefing in Delta, the governor said:
“It is not true that I have two of my daughters appointed. I have only one appointed and she is rightfully qualified.
“I do not have any daughter on social media. The one appointed for girl child education is rightfully qualified.
“I do not have any apologies for that because I know the quality of daughter that I have.”
3. Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo governor)
The appointment of the governor’s son was announced alongside that of 14 commissioners.
The commissioner for information and orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo announced all the names in a statement on Tuesday, November 16.
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Reacting to the decision of Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday, November 17, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state said the Ondo governor is abusing his office.
The state's chapter of the PDP in a statement through its spokesman, Kennedy Peretei, claimed that the appointment of the governor's son is not in the interest of the people, but instead an affront on them.