Lopsidedness flaws Buhari’s appointment of new service chiefs
By Chukwuemerie Anyene
Recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari was again flawed by lopsidedness.
Apart from Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao from Osun State, succeeding Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as chief of air staff; and Major-General Leo Irabor from Delta State, replacing General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; the other two are from the north.
They include Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo from Kano, succeeding Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and Major General Ibrahim Attahiru Kaduna, replacing Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as chief of army staff.
This is coming at a time when the north is heading the police, correctional center, road safety, immigration, fire service, department of state security service, economic and financial crimes commission, independent corrupt practices and related offences, national security and civil defence corps, national agency for food and drug administration and control, customs services, national center for disease control and others.
South-East did not make the list of service chiefs of the previous and present security outfits appointed by Buhari, a President from the north.
It appears that the present security crises in the country are traceable to lopsidedness.
Recall that Buhari, in his characteristic nature, has a long history of nepotism and favouritism in his appointments.