Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for not following federal character rules of even distribution in public offices appointment.
Obasanjo also berated the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission for not cautioning the President in the “concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places” making reference to leadership in security apparatus.
Clarifying th a his recent to the President was not borne out of envy but concern for the country, Obasanjo added that “to avoid such non-integrative situation, we have the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission, both institutions which must raise the alarm or call for correction of actions by the executive that violates the spirit of our constitution.”
“Let me emphasise important areas, programmes, priorities or processes for improved attention. To start with, we seem to have taken nation building for granted. Nation building must be given continued attention to give every citizen a feeling of belonging and a stake in his or her country.
“For instance, the Federal Character principle, as espoused in our constitution, was to guide the leadership to search for competent holders of major offices to be distributed within the entire nation, and avoid concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places, as we currently have in the leadership of our security apparatus.
Obasanjo, while justifying the need for the Coalition Nigeria Movement (CNM), argued that if all the instruments the country had used in the quest for nation building and governance since independence had failed, it was imperative to try new ways.
He said, “If what we have tried in the past has not taken us to the Promised Land, we have to try something else and something else is this grassroots popular movement built from the bottom-up to lead us, I hope and pray, to the Promised Land.”
He, however, warned that if the movement “decides to transform itself and go into partisan politics, I will cease to be a member.”