Osinbajo must dump Buhari's 87-5 per cent model *A stitch in time

By Editor on 28/02/2017

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The appointment of a new set of directors for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Monday, February 27, 2017, the first by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, since he became Nigeria’s Acting President, came as a rude shock to watchers of events in Nigeria. It did, because, once again, the South East was made to hold the short end of the stick, as has become the awful situation since the beginning of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government on May 29, 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari did not mince word in telling his Nigerian community in the US, during his first visit, after his inauguration on the invitation of then President Barak Hussein Obama that nobody should expect him to treat those who gave him 97 per cent and others who gave him five per cent, equally.

If that was a gaffe, as some of his minders quickly tried to make it look, the President, left nobody in doubt subsequently that he not only meant every word of what he said but would keep them to the last letter.


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He had gone ahead to treat the South East and the South South of the country, to whom this phenomenon referred like orphans. Thus for the first time in history of military and civilian governments nobody from these zones made it as an aide of an Aso Rock occupant.

Even his close friend and ally for decades, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a former federal lawmaker from Kano State, has virtually cracked his voice, while shouting and condemning this clear nepotism and clannish tendency.

But all the hues and cries ostensibly fell on deaf ears as the President, appears quite unperturbed, of course egged on by supporters, who for either pecuniary, ethnic or political reasons, find nothing wrong in this wacky arrangement. After all, “the President must work with the people he is comfortable with.”

Even the South South appears to have begun to fair better recently, perhaps to rein in the agitations in the Niger Delta area, that have seen to the destruction of some key installations in the oil and gas sector that have brought oil production to an all-time low and even affected power generation.

Thus, left to howl like jackals in a lonely wilderness, all Ndigbo get for their troubles, is some stoic silence and even cavalier arrogance from the President and his supporters, whilst the most minimal of protests, have led to a blitz of bullets that sent many of their young men and women to their early graves.

Since Osinbajo’s Acting Presidency, after Buhari left the country on January 19, to London, where he is currently attending to his health, expectations have been high that the fresh breeze that seems to pervade the country would take care of the 97-5 per cent phenomenon.

Why? To an average analyst, Buhari’s woeful loss in the South East in the 2015 election is linked to the 30-month Nigeria-Biafran civil war in which he is a veteran. So, his response to the area as President. Therein lies the mutual suspicion between the two.

Incidentally, Osinbajo does not share or carry a similar baggage. That is why his first outing, in the NCAA appointment is not only quite strange, but shocking. What was he thinking travelling the same road that has left his boss struggling?

Whirlwindnews.com sees this move as totally curious, if not insensitive and outright bizarre. We cannot condemn it enough, even at the risk of being seen as jumping to conclusion too quickly, because “it is early days yet.” This was the same argument put forward as Buhari was making his own clannish appointments.    

Naturally, Osinbajo might be striving not be seen as trying to undo what Buhari has done, in order not to be perceived as too daring, ambitious or rascally. This may include breaking the glass ceiling for Ndigbo to join their compatriots at the dinner table.

But whilst it is imperative to be as wise as the biblical serpent in the spirit of self-preservation, he cannot also afford to step into the dangerous booby trap of not being fair to all Nigerians.

For all the powers Buhari enjoyed as a General and President, could it be safely said that he was happy implementing the 97-5 per cent policy? Was the struggle not obvious?

That is why caution must be applied here. Yes, he may be threatened with retributions should Buhari come back to see him making friends with his enemies. But if he can prove that it was in the spirit of justice, equity and fair play, no amount of such a threat can harm him eventually.

As a pastor, Osinbajo need not be told that the greatest battle anyone could wedge is against conscience. Was it in good conscience that no Igbo man would be found worthy in Nigeria to take one out of nine positions, using any criterion?

That’s the question Osinbajo must not only answer at this time, but one that must guide him in his subsequent engagements, while holding brief for the President. 



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on February, 28 2017

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