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Prioritise unity, fairness in appointments, Northern Christian elders tell Buhari

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
01 November 2021   |   3:07 am
Northern States Christian Elders’ Forum (NOSCEF) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to promote unity, equity and fairplay through his appointments into key government positions.

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Say President not even considering faithful from KatsinaNorthern States Christian Elders’ Forum (NOSCEF) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to promote unity, equity and fairplay through his appointments into key government positions.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Ejoga Inalegwu, yesterday, the forum maintained that only justice and fairness in government could bring development in the country.

NOSCEF, however, commended the government’s fight against insurgency and banditry, and advised that it should be intensified.

“We encourage the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), bandits and other criminal elements in our society.

“Let [Buhari] bring people together, instead of appointing only those from a circle, based on relationship with him by blood or religion or marriage, because there are competent hands across religion, tribe and geographical area,” the group said.

It appealed to the President to even trust the indigenous Christians from his own home state of Katsina for positions in government, to promote unity across religious and ethnic lines.

According to NOSCEF, by appointing not just a section into key institutions or strategic ministries and parastatals, diverse people can come together to work and appreciate themselves because of their capabilities and not privileges derivable by their religion or their tribal connections to the President.

The chairman said: “Same goes for the security outfits.”

The President cannot preach unity but appoint a section of Nigerians to hold sensitive positions. He is not preaching unity when telling a section of Nigerians that by religion, tribe and region, they are not competent to hold sensitive positions; when infrastructure are targeted at only those who voted for him, even as the resources from the regions who did not vote for him are put in his care to manage on their behalf.

“If an elected president or governor, who discriminates, is spreading infrastructure on that basis, they should give them their own share of the resources to manage for themselves. I guess election campaign was a display of ability to manage the resources better, so because they did not think you are competent by their votes, you choose to avoid giving them infrastructure; you are by that proving them right and it is misappropriation to channel resources meant for them to your favourites.”

He added that excluding states from utilisation of borrowed funds, when those states would participate in the re-payment of the loans “causes disunity.”