By Erasmus Ikhide
From the very beginning, Buhari’s Presidency has been damning the consequences of ethicizing his government with the appointments of his ethnic brothers without recourse to the Nigerian Constitution he sworn to uphold and protect in totality, thereby undermining the unity of Nigeria.
Sadly, Mr. Buhari doesn’t pretend about his nepotism. He cares less about what Nigerians think of his government. He is resolute in his pursuit of the northern agenda. It has been found out that the next six most senior persons in line of succession at the DSS after Matthew Seiyefa are all southerners which explains why the President picked a man who retired over a year ago from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity.
The appointment of Yusuf as the new DG of DSS — as President Buhari’s media minders deceitfully want Nigerians to believe, has nothing to do with competence. Buhari will forver continue to perpetuate crass nepotism and ethno-religious propensities because he knows no other thing than that.
Strictly speaking, I sorely regret my support for Buhari’s presidency in 2015. The president as an ethnic potentate as much as an Islamic irredentist with islamization agenda — an unpatriotic bluster — should never have governed a multiethnic nation like Nigeria, if we knew that the leopard would never change its spots!
The sad fact is that, no one can change Buhari. Even Buhari can’t change himself since he can’t now become left-handed in old age. Not even his political party, the APC, whose translation of “CHANGE” in its dictionary of deceit means “CHAIN”. A friend jokes about Buhari’s impunity earlier in the day that Nigerians may wake up soonest to the news of removal of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and have him replaced with a fellow FULANI brother.
Besides, President Buhari’s action is against the Principle of Federal Character captured explicitly in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution thus: “…the government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies.”
Interestingly — but bad for Nigerians though — Buhari’s clannish government and the security apparatchiks have failed themselves and the nation. One would have expected that a president who selects a section of the country that breeds terrorism (Boko Haram and Fulani herders), illiteracy, poverty, diseases would have found lasting solutions to the litany of security woes plaguing his people. President Buhari is too far removed from realistic governance by ethnocentrism, by old age, by basic education, by emotional intelligent to know that himself and his people are the problems of Nigeria.