Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has decried the action of President Muhammadu Buhari in replacing the sacked National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke (a Southerner) by appointing a northerner, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new DG.
According to Fayose, “The President has further demonstrated to Nigerians that he is an unrepentant sectional leader, who does not care about the feelings of people from other parts of the country.
He stated that, “With the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the NIA Director General, all heads of security agencies are now northerners and the question is, is this what those who enshrined federal character in our constitution envisaged?
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he said, “Seeing what President Buhari has turned the country to, the fore-fathers of Nigeria, who laid the foundation of the country on equity, justice and fairness will be lamenting wherever they are now.
“Ambassador Ayo Oke was removed from office the same day Babachir Lawal was removed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While Lawal’s replacement came from his home State, Oke’s replacement came from the north. That is unacceptable.
Accusing the President of nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Fayose said, “President Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is an ethnic champion. This he has done again with the appointment of yet another northerner as the NIA Director General.
“Even at a point, the National Chairman of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun had to openly fault the appointments made by the President, saying that as many as three people were appointed from one ward in a local government in the north.
“The implication of what the President has done is that, when Security Council meeting is held today, apart from one or two insignificant people, those in the meeting will be people from one section of the country.
“Even Para-military agencies are headed by people from President Buhari’s section of the country. This is unfair.
Fayose further said; “Those who argued then that the President made the appointments on merit should come to the open to tell Nigerians, especially those from the south that there is no one that merited appointment as Director General of NIA.
“Like I said before, those politicians, who painted the picture of a changed President Buhari to Nigerians before the 2015 presidential election must have seen now that he (Buhari) can never change from an ethnic champion to a nationalist.”