Loyalists of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu have tackled Obidients, the supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi for criticising the president over the appointment of new service chiefs.
On Monday evening, June 19, 2023, the president approved the sack of all service chiefs and appointed new ones.
The move by the President followed persistent calls by civil society organisations that the security architecture be rejigged and fresh hands allowed to handle the nation’s security apparatus.
The new service chiefs appointed are; Mallam Nuhu Ribadu National, Security Adviser (NSA); Maj. Gen. C.G Musa, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Maj. Gen. T. A Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff (COAS); Rear Admiral E. A Ogalla, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).
Others are; AVM H.B Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff (CAS); DIG Kayode Egbetokun, Ag Inspector-General of Police and Maj. Gen. EPA Undiandeye, Chief of Defense Intelligence.
However, hours after the announcement of the appointments, Obidients who have always attacked virtually everything about Tinubu said the president in the appointment favoured his kinsmen (southwest) over others.
They specifically stated he failed to pick a worthy person from the southeast region, adding that the development showed the people of the Southeast will not be favoured in the current administration even if they are the most qualified.
But the loyalists of the president hit back at Obidients, saying the new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ikechukwu Ogalla is from Enugu, Southeast.
They held that Obidients should understand that the Southeast comprises Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, adding that Anambra where Peter Obi hails from is not the only Southeastern state in the country.
@AkinwunmiDosumu said; I’m a confirmed PDP man….. Anybody who sees this as nepotism will not see good thing in his life…We shouldn’t be playing politics with everything. inasmuch as I see Atiku Abubakar as my candidate,I also see Tinubu as a brilliant man who will never make wrong moves.
@so_towolawi wrote; “The problem with SE people is anyone who’s not from Anambra (what they call NdiAnambra), you cannot be regarded as a core Igbo indigene! That’s why you can’t see Imolites, Enuguans, Abians or Ebonyians working in Anambra Civil Service. Anambrians too can’t work in other states.
@yomilosiwaju1 said; “No matter what you say to our people, fairness is not what they seek, what they seek is taking what they have not earned.
@TowmeeLee said; “The fact that BAT either keeps defeating or disappointing them at every turn makes me respect the man. This is the first Service chief of Igbo extraction in almost a decade. Very fair from the president.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that the appointment of Service Chiefs follows the federal character principle.
The federal character was stated in Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution. This statement is to ensure the principle that all public service institutions fairly reflect the linguistic, religious, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the country.
Here are the lines from the constitution: …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.
The main idea is to create conditions where no tribe is favored above another.
The Federal Character Commission is one of the executive bodies, the commission was established by the Section 153(1) of the 1999 Constitution. The principle of the commission is set in Constitution. The commission should monitor the implementation of rules and principles proclaimed in federal character.