Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the appointment of Service Chiefs by President Buhari is not in line with the Federal Character principle as provided by the Constitution. The former President said this when he spoke after registering as a member of the Coalition For Nigeria Movement in Abeokuta, Ogun state yesterday February 1st.
According to Obasanjo, appointment into major offices by any government is expected to be fairly distributed across the country and not distributed to a particular region in the country. President Buhari has come uder fire over what has been perceived as his lopsided appointments since assuming office.
Obasanjo while addressing newsmen, said
''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. 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.” he said