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Afenifere faults composition of federal character commission

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday faulted the composition of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), alleging that it was skewed in favour of a particular geo-political zone.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, the group said it would not allow President Muhammadu Buhari to get away with yet another infraction at the FCC. It, however, urged the Senate not to approve the FCC chairmanship nominee, Farida Dankaka.

The statement read in part: “Though it is now a familiar pattern, Afenifere will not allow President Muhammadu Buhari to get away with yet another infraction at the Federal Character Commission. (FCC)

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“The FCC, according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is meant to be the custodian of the principle of federal character and is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that all federal agencies and parastatals in Nigeria respect and adhere to this principle.

“Afenifere calls on Senate to reject FCC chairmanship nominee, Farida Dankaka.

“The Federal Character Commission by the nomination of the new chairman would have a Chairman from North (Kwara) and Secretary from the North (Taraba) in violation of Section 4 of the subsidiary legislation.

“The section states that ‘Where the number of positions available cannot go round the states of the federation or the Federal Capital, the distribution shall be on zonal basis. But in the case where two positions are available, the positions shall be shared between the northern and southern zones.’”

“This has always been the tradition; that Chairman and Secretary are from the North and South respectively. For some reasons, past governments, including Obasanjo and Jonathan, had appointed northerners as chairmen and southerners as secretaries.”

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