- Fredrick Faseun has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of bias in his government
- The OPC founder said he has not treated the southeast right
- He urged him to cancel all appointments that were biased towards the north
Fredrick Faseun who is the founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being responsible for the growing agitation for Biafra.
According to Sahara Reporters, the OPC founder accused President Buhari of favouring the north ahead of other parts of the country.
He said: “When he first took power in 2015 and began his initial appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated unbelievable insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity, unity and Constitution by unfolding a list of appointees clearly dominated and monopolized by his Northern kinsmen to the alienation and disadvantage of other regions, especially the southeast.
“By July 2016, President Buhari had appointed 47 southerners and 75 northerners into various non-ministerial public offices. Again, the South-East brought up the rear with 12 appointees, where Buhari’s North-West had the largest chunk with 34 of political office holders.”
Faseun made reference to the recent appointments made in the NNPC and called on Buhari to cancel them.
He said: “Out of the 15 new directors, 10 (67 percent) come from the mostly Hausa-Fulani North, three are Yoruba, two come from the South-South and none from the South-East. President Buhari must urgently review these appointments to reflect Federal Character, failing which the Senate should bar the appointees from resuming in office.
“By making these Northern-dominated appointments, President Buhari has contradicted the letter and spirit of the Constitution he swore to uphold, specifically the Federal Character principle in Section 14(3). The President must realize that favoring the North with his lopsided appointments is an act of impunity, and it has sparked the raging agitations for disintegration, ethnic separatism and restructuring.”
The OPC founder said Buhari’s decision not to run a fair government was what led to the ride in the agitation for Biafra.
“Some of his declarations, perhaps made innocently, have inadvertently only succeeded in dividing the nation, paving the way for unbelievers to keep agitating for the irreducible minimums like restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers.
“Good leaders in other lands will say to their people what they mean and are not apologetic when challenged on their speeches because they mean what they say and say what they mean. President Buhari has said some things, some of them electoral promises, that he has since reneged on, and some things he said have left Nigerians more divided and further overheated the polity,” he added.
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Faseun said the reason the Yorubas disliked Olusegun Obasanjo and the Niger Delta people did not like Goodluck Jonathan was because they did not focus only on their region but were equitable in their handling of national affairs.
He said: “This is why, up till today, the Yoruba blame former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Niger-Delta vilify former President Goodluck Jonathan as failing to concentrate developments in their native zones. For these Buhari predecessors, it was the nation first. Conversely, today, we have a President whose body language, attitude, utterances, programs and policies are skewed against ethnic groups that are not from his native North,”
Meanwhile, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly unleashed terror on Hausa people in Oyigbo, Rivers state.
According to report, the attack was carried out on Tuesday, September 12.
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