New Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Babachir David Lawal had said that his appointment and that of others were not based on any primordial sentiments.
He said this in reaction to the outrage that greeted last Thursday’s appointment of presidential aides and heads of government parastatals.
Of the six appointments, five appointees were picked from the north while the remaining one hails from the south.
But speaking after taking his oath of office before Buhari yesterday, the SGF said he and his colleagues were not considered for their political appointments because of their tribes, faiths or political groups.
Lawal, who was sworn-in alongside the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, as well as the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said if such factors were considered, they would not have made the president’s list.
“We want to thank God for granting Mr. President the vision, wisdom, kindness and boldness to consider us worthy for positions of responsibilities.
“We did not have to pass examination to get appointed into these positions; not because of our tribes, our faiths or our political groups that we were considered worthy for these positions.
“If it is such, I am sure none of us would have been considered worthy of these appointments.
“We appreciate the president and we appreciate God that He has blessed us with these privileged appointments. It is a privilege to serve Nigerians in these capacities at this point in time.”
The ceremony was attended by top government officials, including the nation’s service chiefs and permanent secretaries, as well as some chiefs of the ruling All Progressives Congress led by their national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Similarly, against the backdrop of heightening criticisms against appointments by President Mohammadu Buhari, Imo State governor and chairman, All Progressives Congress Governors Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has backed the president on his appointments, insisting that they were in national interest.
The governor spoke at the weekend at the end of his meeting with selected stakeholders in the state, urging them to continue supporting the APC governments at all levels in the country.
He expressed optimism that the president meant well for the nation and with every geo-political zone.