President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to criticism regarding the appointments made by him so far, assuring Nigerians that he will not marginalise any part of the country.
Buhari has so far opted for officials predominantly from the northern region, where he comes from. This has resulted in verbal attacks on the presidency and generated fears that Buhari is set to run a northern government. Moreover, the president has been accused of showing disrespect to the feminine gender by his appointments.
However, Garba Shehu, Buhari’s special assistant on media and publicity, explained on Saturday, August 29, that the appointments made so far were only the “tip of an iceberg”, adding that many more were coming.
He said this in a statement published by Premium Times:
“Our brothers and sisters and fellow countrymen should bear with the new administration as it takes its measured steps towards an effective take off.”
When the whole exercise is over, Nigerians will see no region is marginalised, Shehu added:
“These appointments are just beginning. The ones down so far, apart from the security services, are mostly of people acting as unofficial advisers or staff of the President. They are mostly men and women who have been doing things for the president and the positions are being formalized.
“Statistically, the appointments don’t amount to five percent of what is to come. There will come ministers, heads of government departments, federal boards and ambassadors.
“At the end of the exercise, no part of the country will be left feeling left out.”
In another development the Peoples Democratic Party came down on Buhari saying that his three-month rule has been marked by a noticeable decline in the Nigerian economy.