The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments portray him as a “North-centric President”.
The group made the comment via a statement released by its Chairman, Olawale Oshun.
The statement reads:
In our view, the problem has more to do with President Buhari’s conduct – utterances and perceived lopsided appointments – which appears to portray him as a North-centric President instead of a pan-Nigeria President.
Both the President and the ACF need to take lessons on managing an all-inclusive, pan-Nigerian government. We wonder on what consensus or authority the so-termed non-negotiable unity of Nigeria stands.
Is it based on government’s ability to silence all dissenters or the capability to manage a diverse society in a manner that makes every component proud?
Hence, the insistence of ACF and by extension the President to keep the provisions of Nigeria’s constitution from being renegotiated is a cause of many unsolvable agitations in the country.
These agitations can only be managed successfully and sustainably when all Nigerians appreciate that they need one another to bequeath a strong country to the coming generations.
All, who wish Nigeria well, align with Prof. Wole Soyinka’s assertion that Nigeria’s unity is “bloody well negotiable and we had better negotiated it…not even at conferences, but every day in our conduct…”