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Christians demand more political appointments in Kwara

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Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Christians in Kwara State have demanded fair distribution of political offices across religious lines to reflect the multi-religious state of the nation.

Apparently reacting to Tuesday’s swearing-in by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak of 10 commissioners in the state, where eight were reportedly Muslims, the Publicity Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Sina Ibiyemi, urged the governor to be more sensitive to the “multi-religious state of Kwara while making future appointments.

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“I think we first need to congratulate the governor on his appointment of tested and capable hands into ministries in the state. But we felt the number of Christians in the cabinet doesn’t reflect our population in the state. In the past, it used to be in the ratio of 6:4, but now it is 2:8. He should always put this in mind in his future appointments,” he said.

Governor AbdulRazaq had on Tuesday sworn in 10 commissioners and one special adviser, charging them to be exemplary, prudent, creative and team players.

The new commissioners include Ibrahim Suleiman (Tertiary Education), Arinola Lawal (Enterprise), Aliyu Sabo (Energy), Aliyu Saifudeen (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs) and Suleiman Iliasu (Works and Transport).

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Others are Mariam Ahmed (Special Duties), Raji Razaq (Health), Wahab Agbaje (Water Resources), Remilekun Banigbe (Environment) and Deborah Aremu (Women Affairs and Social Development).

The governor also inaugurated Attahiru Ibrahim as Special Adviser on Youths and Sports.

At the brief ceremony in the Government House, Ilorin, the governor charged the cabinet members to key into the administration’s commitment to serving the people of Kwara who “expect so much from us and want a clean break from the past.”

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Mamman Jibril, urged the appointees to see their emergence as an opportunity to serve the people and to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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