A Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for giving all nine ministers from the North-West senior positions.
36naija.com had reported earlier that President Buhari assigned portfolios to his ministers after swearing them in at the council chamber of the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday, August 21.
In the process, the President appointed nine cabinet members from the North-West, which include Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State), who was appointed Minister of Water Resources; Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State), Minister of Finance; Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State), Minister of Environment; and Sabo Nanono (Kano State), Minister of Agriculture and Development.
Others appointed by President Buhari are Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State), Minister of Defence; Hadi Sirika (Katsina State), Minister of Aviation; Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State), Minister of Justice; Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State), Minister of Police Affairs; and Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State), Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Reacting to the development in an interview with PUNCH, Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said the appointment of the ministers was a reflection of “sectionalism on the part of the President.”
The Afenifere spokesman said,
“That is the next level of sectionalism in your face and incorrigibility.
“There have been complaints about all these things since the first term.
“Now, it has been done in a super way. So, that is the next level. Welcome to the next level.”