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Buhari ‘I appointed people I trust,’ President defends appointments

Buhari said that he chose people he could trust to fill the appointments adding that he was well within his rights to do so according to Nigeria’s Constitution.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally spoken out on his recent appointments which many in the country have said show a bias towards the north.

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Buhari said that he chose people he could trust to fill the appointments adding that he was well within his rights to do so according to Nigeria’s Constitution.

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The president made the comments on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, during an interview with BBC Hausa.

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According to a translation of the BBC interview by Daily Trust, Buhari said:

“If they will do justice to me, as an elected Nigerian president, let them look at the Constitution a Nigerian president works with, there are people who will closely work with me that don’t need to be taken to the Senate.”

“If I select people whom I know quite well in my political party, whom we came all the way right from the APP, CPC and APC, and have remained together in good or bad situation, the people I have confidence in and I can trust them with any post, will that amount to anything wrong? I have been with them throughout our trying times, what then is the reward of such dedication and suffering?”

“They did not defect because of positions, they did not involve themselves in the pursuit of personal gains, and they accepted their fate throughout our trying moments. What is wrong if I make you the secretary (of the federal government) because I have confidence that things will go normal?”

Buhari has also been criticized for excluding women from his recent appointments.

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See gallery of Buhari swearing in new appointees below:

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