Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, on Friday slammed those accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being lopsided in his appointments of Nigerians into various positions in the government.
There had been an uproar since Thursday when a new set of appointees were made with Senator Ita Enang emerging as the only appointee from the southern part of the country.
So far, out of the 42 appointments made by the President, 35 are occupied by northerners and this has drawn some concerns.
But reacting to the growing protests against the appointments, Keyamo said the protests were “nothing but orchestrated frustration of a few jobless politicians who depend only on government appointments as their means of livelihood and, of course, the noise of the latest opposition party in town.”
Keyamo said majority of Nigerians want to see good governance and care less about the ethnic origin of those appointed into positions as long as they can assist the government meet its goals.
“My worry is that the decade-long general division of government positions into ‘juicy’ and ‘non-juicy’ and the mentality that these few ‘juicy’ positions must be shared equally amongst the major ethnic groups was nothing but a contraption of the old order from which we have just liberated ourselves.
“To my mind, all government appointments pose an equal challenge to those appointed as a call to higher service of fatherland.
“All public positions come with an equal responsibility to be honest, forthright and dedicated.
“To go further to classify them as ‘juicy’ or ‘non-juicy’ is just a euphemism for positions that have enough money from which to steal and those that are ‘dry’.
“Therefore, any agitation from a section of the country to get ‘juicy’ positions is only an agitation for their kinsmen to be appointed to steal enough from which they would benefit,” Keyamo declared.
Continuing, Keyamo said: “I therefore unreservedly condemn, in the strongest of terms, the so-called ‘uproar’ about ‘juicy positions’ going only to a certain section of this country.
“All sections of this country should be happy and content with whatever positions that the President deems fit, at the end of the day, to give to their kinsmen.
“After all, the President still has a long way to go with appointments. He has not even filled up to five percent of available positions.
“Please, let the President be.”
Culled from PM News