Femi Fani-Kayode, the former minister of aviation, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse his recent appointments or be ready to face the consequences of not doing so.
Fani-Kayode, who was director of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization in the last general election made this remark on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, September 1.
In an article titled: “Nigerian President or King of the North”, Fani-Kayode said the failure of the president to be fair in his appointments shows that he is pursuing a northern agenda.
He warned that the quest for northern domination in the affairs of our country would attract grave consequences.
According to him, “Northern domination is as old as the hills. It led to a brutal civil war between 1967 and 1970 in which millions were killed. It led to pogrom after pogrom and slaughter after slaughter in the north”.
The article partly read: “There is no gainsaying that this is unacceptable. Some of us warned that this would happen but we were insulted and lampooned for doing so. These appointments are not only lopsided but they are also a manifestation of the fact that in just three months, southern Nigeria has finally been relegated to being little more than an occupied region and a vassal state.”
“Whether he is President of Nigeria or King of the North, Buhari would do well to retrace his steps. The consequences of not doing so for both his government and the unity of our country will be grave and costly. The South cannot be subjugated and treated with contempt and the people of the South will never be slaves.
“Power may have returned to the North but the people of the South must be treated with respect, sensitivity, dignity, fairness and decency. Those that refuse to accept this counsel and insist on charting a different course do so at their own peril.”
Criticisms had trailed the President’s latest appointments, which were believed to favour the northern part of the country. However, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, had assured Nigerians that Buhari’s political appointments would balance out very soon.
In a swift reaction after Buhari’s new appointments, Fani-Kayode said that as majority of those occupying key positions in the country were from the northern part, Nigerians deserved the change they wanted.