Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, has scolded President Muhammadu Buhari for replacing the dismissed National Intelligence Agency’s Director General, Ayo Oke, with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, who is a northerner.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said, Buhari has shown how much of a sectional leader he is.
He lamented that Oke was dismissed at the same time as the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, adding that while Lawal’s replacement came from his state, the ex-NIA Chief’s came from the North.
He alleged that Buhari’s nepotism has further divided Nigeria along ethnic lines.
Fayose said: “The President has further demonstrated to Nigerians that he is an unrepentant sectional leader, who does not care about the feelings of people from other parts of the country.
“With the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the NIA Director General, all the heads of security agencies are now northerners and the question is, is this what those who enshrined the federal character principle in our constitution envisaged?
“Ambassador Ayo Oke was removed from office the same day Babachir Lawal was removed as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While Lawal’s replacement came from his home state, Oke’s replacement came from the North. That is unacceptable,” he said.
“Because of the President’s nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before. President Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is an ethnic champion, a religious bigot and the number one promoter of disunity in Nigeria.
“This he has done again with the appointment of yet another northerner as the NIA Director General. Even at a point, the National Chairman of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, had to openly fault the appointments made by the President, saying that as many as three people were appointed from one ward in a local government in the North.
“The implication of what the President has done is that, when the Security Council meeting is held today, apart from one or two insignificant people, those in the meeting will be people from one section of the country. Even para-military agencies are headed by people from President Buhari’s section of the country. This is unfair.”