President Muhammadu Buhari has been fair to the South with his recent appointments, the Presidency has said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Ajuri Ngelale, stated this on Tuesday during an appearance on Arise Television’s ‘Morning Show’.
According to Ngelale, 55 percent of the President’s appointments have gone to the South, with the South-West getting the lion share of the slot.
He stated that opposition members and critics of the President have tried as much as possible to paint with him an ethnic brush due to the fact that he comes from the North.
Ngelale added that the same people always put ethnic colouration into issues and create ethnic blackmail on developmental projects in the country.
He said: “Some of this has to do with the fact that you have a president that comes from the north, who people have tried as much as possible to paint with an ethnic brush.
“You’ve heard the claims that more northerners have been appointed to office in the federal government under his watch than any other part of the country and people believe that.
“But when we did the compilation of all his appointments from the time he started off till date, we found that 55% of the appointments in his administration has gone to southern Nigeria with the predominant bulk to the south-west. That’s the irony of the whole thing. There’s been an attempt to create ethnic blackmail on developmental projects.
“Whatever the president does, whether it’s in the interest of the nation or not, they tend to paint everything he does with an ethnic brush, but when he does something for a part of the country that he is not from, everybody keeps quiet and I find that suspicious. So is it about the president or how the president is being painted? I think that’s a question we need to ask ourselves.”