Presidency Lists Ogun, Imo, Kano As States With Highest Appointees In Buhari Govt
Ogun state in the South West, Imo state in the South East and Kano State from the North West are the states with the highest number of appointees in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, a data released by the presidency reveals.
The claim as contained in the graph was released in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in response to a publication by Business Day newspapers alleging that an overwhelming majority of the Buhari’s appointees were from the northern region.
The graphical illustration of different states and the number of top appointees from the respective states shows that Ogun state has the highest number of appointments with 21, followed by Imo and Kano states with 15 each, while Edo and the president’s home state of Katsina has 14 each.
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja came from the bottom with no single appointee, while Ebonyi and Abia have two each and Kebbi with three appointees. Zamfara, Sokoto, Oyo, Enugu, Ekiti and Akwa Ibom have four each.
Mr. Adesina who described the Business Day publication as either as a result of ignorance or a mischievous attempt to mislead the public and portray the Buhari administration in bad light, said at least 50 appointees who are not from the north had been left out.
“Besides, the publication made not just one, but several errors on names and positions, in what could be seen as a deliberate attempt to mislead the reading public, along the lines of some intended distortions of the truth.”
“For example, there are several other appointments the publication failed to mention, which clearly shows the fair geopolitical spread of President Buhari’s appointees. For instance, the publication didn’t mention Sharon Ikeazor, Director-General, PTAD, who is from Anambra, South East; Folorunsho Coker, DG, NTDC; who is from Lagos, South West; Ituah Ighodalo, of the National Council of Privatisation, who is from the South South; Eze Duru Ihioma, Chairman, NPC, who is from Imo, South East, among many others.”