Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to appoint a chief of army staff from the South-Eastern zone of the country shows that he does not believe in the unity of Nigeria.
National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko said this in a statement on Thursday after Buhari appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff following the tragic death of the former COAS, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash last Friday.
Both the late Attahiru and his replacement are from Northern Nigeria.
The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo had knocked the President for appointing four service chiefs and an acting Inspector General of Police earlier in the year, without considering the Igbos, a major ethnic group in the country.
Reacting to appointment of a new COAS, HURIWA said, “We Are No Longer Shocked By Buhari’s Primitive Nepotism,” noting however that the president is violating his constitutional oath of office by his disregard for the Federal Character principle.
The statement read in part, “The shameless, nepotistic decision of President Buhari to continue in the illegal and unconstitutional abuses of appointing only Hausa/Fulani citizens into juicy Internal Security positions in breach of the Nigerian Constitutional provision of Federal Character is despicable, reprehensible and totally toxic.”
“Buhari’s refusal to appoint an officer from the South-East of Nigeria as the Army Chief of Staff even when he is the most senior of the Major Generals further solidify his notoriety as someone who does not believe in one Nigeria,” HURIWA stated.