“How President Buhari May Cause Nigeria’s Breakup” – OPC Leader, Frederick Fasehun

Founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC),
Fredrick Fasheun has blamed the ongoing
clamour for the disintegration of the
country on the President Muhammadu
Buhari-led government.The OPC founder
said the reason might not be unconnected
with the way Buhari was showing
preference for the northern part of the
country over other regions.

Fasheun, who made this claim at a press
conference in Lagos on Tuesday, noted that
Buhari administration’s bias in favor of the
North had further created divisions in
Nigeria.

He said if the president did not retrace his
steps, his action may lead to the nation’s
breakp.

“When he first took power in 2015 and
began his initial appointments, President
Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated
unbelievable insensitivity to Nigeria’s
diversity, unity and Constitution by
unfolding a list of appointees clearly
dominated and monopolized by his
Northern kinsmen to the alienation and
disadvantage of other regions, especially
the South-East,” the OPC leader said.

He observed that of the six security serviceup
chiefs President Buhari has appointed, the
North produced four appointees, while the
South produced two. He especially noted
that the South-East was jettisoned.

“By July 2016, President Buhari had
appointed 47 southerners and 75
northerners into various non-ministerial
public offices. Again, the South-East
brought up the rear with 12 appointees,
where Buhari’s North-West had the largest
chunk with 34 of political office holders,”
Fasheun observed.

Speaking further, the elder statesman also
identified appointments into the nation’s
security institutions as examples of
President Buhari’s Unclad bias. In these
institutions, Mr. Faseun said, the North
holds the leadership positions of the
National Security Adviser, Inspector-
General of Police, Chief of Army Staff, Chief
of Air Staff, Chief of Defence Intelligence,

Director-General, State Security Services
and Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs
Service. Other positions locked down by
the North, he pointed out, are the
Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration
Service and the Chairmanship of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC).

“Out of the 15 new directors, 10 (67
percent) come from the mostly Hausa-
Fulani North, three are Yoruba, two come
from the South-South and none from the
South-East. President Buhari must urgently
review these appointments to reflect
Federal Character, failing which the Senate
should bar the appointees from resuming in
office,” he said.

“By making these Northern-dominated
appointments, President Buhari has
contradicted the letter and spirit of the
Constitution he swore to uphold,

specifically the Federal Character principle
in Section 14(3). The President must realize
that favoring the North with his lopsided
appointments is an act of impunity, and it
has sparked the raging agitations for
disintegration, ethnic separatism and
restructuring.

“Some of his declarations , perhaps made
innocently, have inadvertently only
succeeded in dividing the nation, paving
the way for unbelievers to keep agitating
for the irreducible minimums like
restructuring, true federalism and
devolution of powers,” Fasehun noted.

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