A member of the defunct National Constitutional Conference NCC, Annkio Briggs, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent appointments of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief of Staff, COS, among others all of whom are from the North.
“The appointments in my own opinion so far, do not reflect the spirit of federal character, and they are deceptive, and daring to Nigerian people that feel alienated by the appointments,” she declared.
Ms Briggs, who reacted in a chat with newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, also noted that she was not surprised because she had expected that the government would favour a particular section of Nigeria.
“I say so because the sentiment had been from pre-independence to 2011, before Dr Goodluck Jonathan emerged as president, that political power belongs to the a section of the country (North). Such is why you found that, throughout the independence till date, Northerners have governed the country most of the time, whether by military rule or election.”
The human rights activist observed that, President Buhari, while in America, did say he should not be expected to treat those who voted for him more, as those who voted for him less equally.
“What rather surprises me is the way people react to them. What President Buhari has done is what majority of the people are accusing former President Jonathan of not doing, because people were saying Dr Jonathan did not do anything for the Niger Delta region, and he has accepted. He did not do anything in the region. So what the critics are saying is that, they expected Jonathan to give 80-90 percent of the appointments to Southerners, which he failed to do. President Buhari has come along, and he is doing so (giving appointments to his kit and kins), and people are complaining,” she stated.
“Buhari said he is a reformed democrat, he was a military head of state and had taken power by force before, and accepted responsibility for all that happened in his military regime. However, what I see now is basically a form of military type or authoritarian type of approach to democracy. It is a military camouflage in a democratic dispensation, and it does not speak well of the government.”
On Buhari’s much touted war against corruption, she enlisted her support for it, but urged him to go beyond the first four years of former President Jonathan’s regime, and extend same possibly to the beginning of Third Republic.

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