BOMBSHELL: Northerners are finally telling the truth – If Jonathan is corrupt, Buhari is worse (FULL DETAILS BELOW)

In this opinion by Majeed Dahiru, he points out that this method of appointment is likely to fuel corruption and make people regard him as a section leader. A more divided Nigeria Nigeria has never been more divided than it is today.

The various fault lines of our geopolitical space have deepened and become more manifest in the various agitations from different segments of our society. The collective hope and euphoria that greeted the change in leadership from Goodluck Jonathan of PDP to Muhammadu Buhari of APC may have given way to hopelessness and possibly regret.

The survival of the Nigerian state has never been more threatened due to deep feelings of mutual distrust between the various groups that make up Nigeria. The leadership class never seems to learn much from history – even that of the recent past. A major reason for this unfortunate situation is the inability of our leaders at all levels to be statesmen rather than mere politicians.

Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election largely due to his poor political education, despite his remarkably impressive economic performance. He never really understood Nigeria and Nigerians. Even as president, he learned by doing. However, recent events in the polity have raised a number of questions that need to be answered urgently. If Jonathan was divided in favor of his ethno-geographical zone in key appointments, why Buhari? If Jonathan stubbornly defended and protected his closest allies from corruption charges, why Buhari?

If Jonathan used anti-graft agencies to persecute his opponents, why Buhari? If Jonathan did not show much concern about the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, why is Buhari seemingly showing less concern about the scourge of Fulani herdsmen in the South? The answer may not be far-fetched. Both men have a number of things in common. They are similar in several ways – as isotopes of the same element. This sad realization has led to hopelessness and widespread dissatisfaction, with consequent unrest from various quarters. Nigerians rejected Jonathan and accepted Buhari because he promised change, but unfortunately nothing has actually changed.

President Buhari has not shown sufficient sensitivity to Nigeria's diversity. If Jonathan was sectional, Buhari has taken sectionalism to a scandalous level. A closer look at both men's paths to power will show why. Both men are the only individuals in the history of Nigeria who rose to the presidency with the massive support of their ethnicities, states, geopolitical zones and members of their respective religious groups. Both were actually section candidates who were chosen purely based on the demands of the time.

But the political deformity of both men lay in the fact that they attributed their electoral successes to the support they received from their own parts of the country. What they don't realize is that it takes just as much from other sections to make a difference and guarantee victory. No section alone can guarantee victory for its own section. The president's failure in national integration is most evident in the South-South and South-East regions. These regions have largely been treated as conquered territories. Their only sin was that they voted overwhelmingly against the president in the last election. The apparent marginalization of these regions has led to serious separatist unrest, which threatens our corporate existence as a nation. The President is expected to take deliberate steps to warm their hearts and embrace them with a fatherly arm.

Some of the president's supporters have said his appointments are based on loyalty, trust and merit. But this argument fails when it comes to logic and sound reasoning. It is an indictment of the president if he claims to trust more people from his ethnic group, region or religious denomination. It simply shows a man who is not open-minded enough to accommodate people from different backgrounds. There are so many Nigerians of southern origin who have supported the President against their own country and who deserve his trust. The question of merit is also devoid of logic and common sense. A region classified as educationally disadvantaged, whose students gain access to higher institutions by lowering national standards and not on the basis of merit, but on a quota system so that they can catch up with their southern counterparts, cannot benefit most either. of important appointments based on merit.

The president's actions have substantially reversed the gains of the past sixteen years in national integration and unity. Lesson from Obasanjo When former President Obasanjo, a southerner, was elected in 1999, he distributed positions in his cabinet in a way that did not favor his state, region or ethnic group. And this has distinguished him as a true statesman, who has moral authority in every part of Nigeria. He appointed Ufot Ekaette of South-South as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

His national security adviser was General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau of the Northwest. His chief of staff was General Abdullahi Ahmed of North Central. His ADC was Colonel Giwa Amu from the South-South area. He appointed Andy Uba of South East as his Special Assistant on Internal Affairs. General TY Danjuma of North East was Minister of Defence, Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi of North Central was Chief of Defense Staff, General Victor Malu of North Central was Chief of Army Staff, Air Marshal Isaac Alfa of North Central was Chief of Defense Air Force, Musiliu Smith of South West was the Inspector General of Police and Colonel Sunday Are was Director General of the Ministry of State Services. READ ALSO: Nigeria's democracy is in danger of dying soon – Bishop warns Buhari. Compare this to President Buhari's appointments: NSA, General Babagana Mungono, North-East; Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, North East, SGF Babachir David Lawal, North East; ADC, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Lawal Abubakar, North West; CSO, Abubakar Usman, North West; DG DSS, Lawal Daura, North West; Defense Minister General Mansur Mohammed, North West; CDS, General Abayomi Olonisakin, South West; Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai, Northeast; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, North-East, Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, South-South; IGP, Ibrahim Idris, North Central. Buhari, a northerner, has given more appointments to the north, unlike Obasanjo – a southerner, who has given more appointments to the north, and this is not statesmanlike enough. It is time for the president to become more of a statesman than a politician.

At 73, Buhari has a duty to unite the country, heal our fault lines and not exacerbate them. Nigeria has given him enormous opportunities to be who he has become, and the only gift he can give in return is to leave Nigeria more united than he met it. Our most pressing need now is unity and peace, and the best way to begin the healing process is to give every section of our country a sense of belonging, by evenly redistributing sensitive positions, to reflect fairness and justice . Sectionalism breeds corruption because it is characterized by undeserved cronyism, favoritism and nepotism, which ultimately lead to financial crimes and embezzlement of public funds.

Therefore, the president's sectionalism casts doubt on his credibility and integrity. Interestingly, the Northern Region will not benefit from these lopsided appointments as this will only benefit the individuals involved. The President should rather focus on policies and programs that will develop the North and make it economically self-sufficient and less dependent on oil mineral revenues from the South.

This will restore the pride of the North and Northerners and forge mutual respect and love among Nigerians. Nigeria's structure favors the Northern Region more than the other three original regions: the West, the Mid-West and the East. The North has 19 of the 36 states and 419 local governments out of 774.

With a federal character and a quota system, the North has a fair share of national resources and positions. Any attempt to further alienate other regions is a gross injustice, which is a worse form of corruption. I am a northerner and Muslim. I love the North, I love my country, I love my president, but I love the truth more.


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