Buhari Speaks on Lopsided Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he will continue to ensure equitable and fair distribution of appointments among the 36 states of the federation.

He stated this during an interaction with a delegation of Akwa Ibom leaders and elders who visited him at the presidential villa in Abuja.

“I have taken note of your appreciation of appointments into the Federal Service from your state.

“I assure you that I shall continue to be fair and equitable in federal appointments to all states of the country,” Buhari said.

He also promised more infrastructure projects in Akwa Ibom State and the southern part of the country and noted that provision has been made for the dualisation of Ekot-Ekpene Aba axis in the 2019 budget.

The delegation of Akwa-Ibom leaders and elders was led by the former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, on the visit to the presidential villa where they promised to support the President’s re-election bid in 2019.

This comes as President Buhari’s recently appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), replacing Matthew Seiyafa.

He also recently appointed the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed as the supervising Minister of Finance after Kemi Adeosun’s resignation.

Both appointments have reignited the debate about the president’s bias in federal appointments, with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday slamming him for being insensitive to the peoples’ agitations.

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