A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, bigwig, Monday, blew hot on President Muhammadu Buhari on what he called “Buhari’s nepotistic tendencies and proclivities are unquenchable.”
Mr. Emmanuel Enoidem, the PDP National Legal Adviser writing Tuesday on his Twitter handle may not be unconnected with the President Buhari’s quiet appointment of his son-in-law as the head of Nigeria’s Border Communities Development Agency.
Last week, Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, also said Mr Buhari was Nigeria’s “most nepotistic” leader ever.
Enoidem predicted that “The only stopgap that’s foreseeable is on February 16, 2019 when we must bring out our PVCs to effect his quit notice from the presidential villa.”
“PDP sets for the great battle to rescue the country from all the afflictions brought on her by the cluelessness and ineptitude of the APC-led federal govt as Saraki as DG of campaigns inspects the presidential campaign office in company of the national chairman, Prince Secondus,” he concluded.
Since assumption of office more than three years ago, President Buhari has been accused of appointment of his kinsmen to head security agencies including federal agencies and parastatals without recourse to the spirit and letter of Federal Character Commission as entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Recall that Buhari appointed Junaid Abdullahi, a retired pilot, assumed duties at the agency on a low-key on October 18.
He was married to Zulaihat, Mr Buhari’s first daughter who passed away in 2012 from childbirth complications. She was 40.
Mr Abdullahi took over from Jummai Idakwo, the former director of the agency.
Such appointments are usually announced by either the Presidency or the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
It was not immediately clear why both institutions kept a sealed lip over the appointment.
A government source who learnt about the appointment last month said it might have been hushed to save Mr Buhari the trouble of again being accused of nepotism.
The president has faced regular allegations of being sectional, with critics saying his appointments have been lopsided since he assumed office in 2015.
His critics often raise concerns about how most key federal appointments, especially top national security positions, have been ceded to northerners.