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South deserves to produce FCC chairman, group tells Buhari

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‘They can’t continue to serve only as secretary’
A group, United Youth for Growth and Development (UYGD), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider a southerner as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Character Commission (FCC).

Justifying its demand, the group argued that since the establishment of the commission in 1996, there have been five chairmen, none of whom came from the southern part of the country.

At a press conference, yesterday, the Executive Director of UYGD, Wasiu Adebiyi, urged Buhari to respect the principles of federal character and ensure that a southerner heads FCC.

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Reacting to a call by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CCSOs) for Buhari to appoint a southerner as substantive secretary of the commission, Adebiyi said the South couldn’t continue occupying the position of secretary, claiming that it would be an injustice to the south.

The group accused the Senate of sweeping under the carpet petitions written against appointment of the present FCC Chairman, Muheeba Dankaka.

“A call was made and petitions written against the appointment of Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankaka, who is from the North Central, but the Senate, under the leadership of Ahmed Lawan, swept the petitions under the carpet and never considered any one of them.

“It is, therefore, germane to point out that the southern part of the country is not interested in the position of secretary but that of chairman whenever the vacancy occurs. ”

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