Director, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola yesterday urged Nigerians to shun ethnic prejudice and support the appointment of only credible people into government.
This statement was issued in Lagos on the recent controversies trailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments. Akintola said Nigerians must shun narrow tendencies in order to facilitate positive change in the country.
“Let us encourage our leaders to pick the right persons for the right job. Let us focus on credibility instead of ethnicity. Let our target be excellence and not mediocrity. The crux of the rejecting voices is the complaint of being marginalized in the appointments made so far by some groups,’’ he said.
He said that the outcry was unnecessary, describing it as a product of negative perceptions and a manifestation of ethnic jingoism.
“Ministers, heads and members of parastatals and boards are yet to be announced but we are already passing judgement. Appointments under past regimes were made via political godfathers and on the basis of tribal distribution. But what did we get from that anachronistic and clannish system?”

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