•Say lopsided security appointments provocative
••Buhari passed vote-of-no-confidence in one Nigeria
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has condemned the recent appointment of another ‘core northerner, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the substantive Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) in place of the Bayelsa, South South born Mr. Mathew Seiyefa, who was in acting capacity for barely a month.
The leaders in a statement on Friday signed by Chief John Nwodo (South East), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (South West), Chief Edwin Clark (South South) and Dr. Bitrus Pogu (Middle Belt), accused President Muhammadu Buhari of executing personal agenda that threatens the unity of Nigeria.
Buhari had on Thursday in a statement issued by his Senior Media Aide, Mr. Garba Shehu announced the choice of Bichi to head DSS.
But this has angered the Southern and Middle Belt leaders who also accused Buhari for not only violating the principles of federal character by promoting what they perceived as sectional interests.
According to the leaders, the president is equating his personal and sectional interest to national interest while doubting if he believes in “one Nigeria”.
They noted breached section of the constitution as Section 14(3) of 1999 Constitution:
“(3) The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies”.
While rejecting the appointment of Bichi as DSS boss, the leaders wondered if juxtaposed with the sterling qualities of Seiyefa, the new man has what it takes to have been chosen over the former Acting Director General of Nigeria’s apex secret police agency.
Part of the statement read: “The outright disregard for the conditions precedent for a united Nigeria and an inclusive country which President Buhari has become well known for was taken to a new height this evening with the removal of the Acting DG of DSS,Mr Matthew Seiyefa and replacement with Mr Yusuf Magaji Bichi from Kano.
“The I-don’t-care and in-your-face attitude of the President in restoring Nigeria security architecture to the provocative situation of having 16 out of 17 service chiefs from his corner of the country is a clear demonstration of the fact that Nigeria for General Muhammadu Buhari is no more than his section of Nigeria and the resources and the constitutionally mandatory votes from other sections of the country .
Since 1960,Nigeria has never had a leader more sectional ,narrow,parochial ,and tribalistic like the current President who went on a global stage to divide Nigeria into “97 % and 5%”.
“We have looked critically at the profiles of the Acting DG who was removed and the one Buhari just appointed and it is crystal clear that Bichi does not come with any experience close to that of Seiyefa.The only qualification for this appointment is therefore only the rabid nepotism of the President which has seen him always masking personal and sectional interest as ‘national interest.”
“Besides,Bichi is an out-of-the -system man drafted by Mr Lawan Daura in the days of his nepotism rule at the DSS.The next six most senior persons in line of succession at the DSS after Seiyefa are from our findings are all southerners which may explain why the President picked a man who already retired from the DSS to lead because of ethnic affinity .
“That the President went ahead to deep himself further into the cocoon of ethnic irredentism in making this insensitive appointment shows clearly that he does not care a hoot about the unity ,cohesion and oneness of Nigeria.”
“We reject this appointment and we do not shy in telling Mr President that he no longer pretends that the country is one under him.
“In the last few days ,there have been fears coming from the international community about the dangers that would come the way of Nigeria if Mr President returns for another term.With his latest action,we add that the country is not safe in the remainder of his first term.
Lastly we ask Mr President :Are we still one county ?”