Friday, February 2, 2018 1:20 pm
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken another dig at the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, over appointments, especially in the area of security which favours his own section. He made this submission yesterday, Thursday 1 February in Abeokuta after the Coalition for Nigeria Movement was inaugurated in Ogun State, and he was registered as a member.
In his words: “For instance, the Federal Character principle, as espoused in our constitution, was to guide the leadership to search for competent holders of major offices to be distributed within the entire nation, and avoid concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places, as we currently have in the leadership of our security apparatus.
“To avoid such non-integrative situation, we have the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission, both institutions which must raise the alarm or call for correction of actions by the executive that violates the spirit of our constitution.”
Obasanjo added: “Let me emphasise important areas, programmes, priorities or processes for improved attention. To start with, we seem to have taken nation building for granted. Nation building must be given continued attention to give every citizen a feeling of belonging and a stake in his or her country.”
Obasanjo, as reported by The Punch, also said his recent open letter to President Buhari was not borne out malice or ‘bad belle’ but out of his deep concern for the situation in the country.