The Presidency has described as `divisive, mischievous and misleading’ a newspaper article, titled, “81 of Buhari’s 100 appointees are Northerners’’.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the article by Business Day was meant to portray the Buhari administration in bad light.
Adesina stated that the article was either an ignorant effort or a mischievous attempt by the publication to mislead the public.
According to him, the publication’s inconsistencies and selective reportage are questionable and divisive with its many misleading statements that should be taken with a pinch of salt.
“ Although the publication claims to be a fact-checking reportage, what it did essentially is roughly putting together a string of misleading statements across two pages of a newspaper.
“To push this biased reportage, which wrongly claimed that 81 of President Buhari’s 100 appointees are Northerners, the writer unilaterally selected 100 appointees to drive home the distraction presented as “facts”.
“It is, indeed, false for anyone to say that President Buhari’s appointments are lopsided.
“From all records, majority of the President’s appointees across different portfolios are not from the North, as the publication erroneously alleged.
“If the publication did not have ulterior motives, a simple enquiry from official sources in the Presidency would have prevented this unwarranted public disinformation.’’
He maintained that despite the distractions and biased reportage of this article, the President remained committed to serving all Nigerians, no matter the tribe, ethnicity or region.
The presidential aide said President Buhari was also determined to ensure that `Nigeria remains strong and united’, saying that he would continue to keep faith with one Nigeria.
He explained that the president had shown this with the administration’s diverse projects in different parts of the country’s geopolitical zones.
He, therefore, stated that, to claim, suggest or attempt to insinuate that the President’s appointments were tilted in favour of a section of the country was simply untrue and uncharitable.
Adesina further said: “The publication could not even cross the t’s and dot the i’s properly.
“For instance, the author wrongly named the Director-General, NISER, as Haruna Yerima, whereas the DG, NISER is actually Folarin Gbadebo-Smith. Again, the author wrongly identified the CEO, NDLEA as Muhammad Abdallah. However, Mrs. Roli Bode-George is the CEO, NDLEA.
“Why will a publication of the status of Business Day embark on such shoddiness, or are we to conclude this was calculated to create a particular perception?
“The article also wrongly named Tunde Irukera as Executive Secretary of CPP,-whatever that is- instead of Consumer Protection Council (CPC). Rather conveniently, the publication ignored mentioning that Mr Emeka Nwankpa is chairman of CPC. Not only that, the writer claimed that the Director-General of the Budget Office is Aliyu Gusau, whereas Mr. Ben Akabueze is the actual DG, Budget Office.
“Besides, the publication made not just one, but several errors on names and positions, in what could be seen as a deliberate attempt to mislead the reading public, along the lines of some intended distortions of the truth.
“For example, there are several other appointments the publication failed to mention, which clearly shows the fair geopolitical spread of President Buhari’s appointees.
“For instance, the publication didn’t mention Sharon Ikeazor, Director-General, PTAD, who is from Anambra, South East; Folorunsho Coker, DG, NTDC; who is from Lagos, South West; Ituah Ighodalo, of the National Council of Privatisation, who is from the South South; Eze Duru Ihioma, Chairman, NPC, who is from Imo, South East, among many others.’’
According to Adesina, there are at least 50 names of the President’s appointees that the article didn’t mention that are not from the North, while there are some others that were already in place before the administration came in but reconfirmed by the Buhari administration.
He also revealed that, several names of board members/appointees from other parts of the country were deliberately left out.
He said the omitted names included Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye, NCC Chairman; Sunday Dare, NCC Executive Commissioner; Jide Zeitlin, NSIA Chairman; Anthony Ayine, Auditor General of the Federation and Anibor Kragha, COO NNPC.
The affected appointees whose names were omitted in the article also included Chiedu Ugbo, MD NDPHC, Uche Orji, CEO NSIA, Osita Okechukwu, DG VON, Yemi Kale, DG NBS and Waziri Adio, Executive Secretary NEITI, among several others.
He, therefore, maintained that, “it is, indeed, false for anyone to say that President Buhari’s appointments are lopsided.
“From all records, majority of the President’s appointees across different portfolios are not from the North, as the publication erroneously alleged.
“If the publication did not have ulterior motives, a simple enquiry from official sources in the Presidency would have prevented this unwarranted public disinformation.
Adesina concluded that, “what Nigerians need now are unity and constructive dialogue that would help the nation march forward on the right path not divisive, misleading reportage.’’
The article was published by the newspaper on Oct. 29.(NAN)
|Although the publication listed 100 appointees, here is a list of over 150 agency and board appointments|
|Name||Portfolio||Region||Notes||Confirmed||Appointed by Current Admin|
|1||Tukur Buratai||Chief of Army Staff||North East||Y||Y|
|2||Babagana Monguno||National Security Adviser||North East||Y||Y|
|3||Abubakar Lawal||Aide de Camp||North West||Y||Y|
|4||Femi Adesina||Special Adviser Media and Publicity||South West||Y||Y|
|5||Garba Shehu||SSA. Media and Publicity||North West||Wrongly identified as SA||Y||Y|
|6||Sunday Dare||EC, NCC||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|7||Lawal Kazaure||State Chief of Protocol||North West||Y||Y|
|8||Ahmed Idris||Accountant General||North West||Y||Y|
|9||Antony Ayine||Auditor General||South South||Y||Y|
|10||Abayomi Olonishakin||Chief of Defence Staff||South West||Y||Y|
|11||Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas||Chief of Naval Staff||South South||Y||Y|
|12||Sadique Abubakar||Chief of Air Staff||North East||Y||Y|
|13||Monday Morgan||Chief Defence Intel||North Central||Y||Y|
|14||Lawal Daura||DG, State Security Services||North West||Y||Y|
|15||Mahmood Yakubu||INEC Chairman||North East||Y||Y|
|16||Hadiza Bala Usman||MD, NPA||North West||Y||Y|
|17||Paul Boroh||SA, Niger Delta Amnesty||South South||Y||Y|
|18||Dakuku Peterside||DG, NIMASA||South South||Y||Y|
|19||Sen Olabiyi Durojaiye||Chairman NCC||South West||Y||Y|
|20||Umaru Dambatta||Chief Executive, NCC||North West||Y||Y|
|21||Babatunde Fowler||Chairman, FIRS||South West||Y||Y|
|22||Maikanti Baru||GMD, NNPC||North East||Y||Y|
|23||Boss Mustapha||SGF||North East||Y||Y|
|24||Abba Kyari||Chief of Staff||North East||Y||Y|
|25||Ade Ipaye||Deputy Chief of Staff||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|26||Hameed Ali||CG, Nigerian Customs||North West||Y||Y|
|27||Mohammed Babandede||CG, Nigerian Immigration||North Central||Y||Y|
|28||Ita Enang||SSA, National Assembly||South South||Y||Y|
|29||Suleiman Kawu||SSA, National Assembly||North West||Y||Y|
|30||Babafemi Ojodu||SA Political||South West||Not included with team members||Y||Y|
|31||Adeyemi Dipeolu||SA Economy||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|32||Ahmed Lawan Kuru||MD, AMCON||North East||Y||Y|
|33||Mohammed Kari||Insurance Commission||North East||Y||Y|
|34||Ibrahim Magu||Acting Chairman EFCC||North East||Y||Y|
|35||Abike Dabiri||SSA, Diaspora||South West||Y||Y|
|36||Abdullahi Muhammadu||CG. NSCDS||North Central||Y||Y|
|37||Winifred Oyo-Ita||Head of Service||South South||Y||Y|
|38||Aishah Ahmad||Deputy Gov. CBN||North Central||Y||Y|
|39||Mary Ekpere||DG, NCWD||South South||Y||Y|
|40||Funso Doherty||DG, PENCOM||South West||Y||Y|
|41||Dikko AbdulRahman||Chairman, BOI||North East||Y||Y|
|42||Olukayode Pitan||MD, BOI||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|43||Mr Adebayo Somefun||MD, NSITF||South West||Y||Y|
|44||Kemi Nelson||ED, NSITF||South West||Y||Y|
|45||Lady Azinge, Azuka Obiageli||Ag. Registrar General, CAC||South East||Y||Y|
|46||Ahmed Dangiwa||MD, Federal M.Bank||North West||Y||Y|
|47||Melville Ebo||ED, Federal M.Bank||South East||Y||Y|
|48||Dankane Abdullahi||ED, Federal M.Bank||North West||Y||Y|
|49||Alex Okoh||DG, BPE||South South||Y||Y|
|50||Ibrahim Goni||CG, National Park||North Central||Y||N||Sep-14|
|51||Nasiru Ladan||DG, NDE||North Central||Y||Y|
|52||Saliu Alabi||DG, MINILS||North Central||Y||Y|
|53||Jeffery Barminas||DG, RICT||North East||Y||Y|
|54||Folarin Gbadebo Smith||DG, NISER||South West||Wrongly Identified as Haruna Yerima||Y||Y|
|55||Mohammed Tukur||Secretary FCC||North East||Y||Y|
|56||Shettima Abba||Chairman FCC||North East||Y||Y|
|57||Tunde Irukera||ES, CPC||North Central||Wrongly identified as CPP||Y||Y|
|58||Umar Gambo Jibrin||ES, FCDA||North East||Y||Y|
|59||Roli Bode George||CEO, NDLEA||North East||Wrongly identified as Muhammad Abdullah||Y||N|
|60||Garba Abari||DG, NOA||North East||Y||Y|
|61||Sule Kazaure||DG, NYSC||North West||Y||Y|
|62||Jelani Aliyu`||DG, NADDC||North West||Y||Y|
|63||Bayo Onanuga||MD, NAN||South West||Y||Y|
|64||Ibrahim Idris||IGP||North Central||Y||Y|
|65||Ghaji Bello||DG, NPC||North East||Y||N||Jan-14|
|66||Saleh Dunoma||MD FAAN||North East||Y||N||Mar-14|
|67||USA Sadiq||Dir Security, FAAN||North West||Y||Y|
|68||Rabiu Yadudu||Dir Operations, FAAN||North West||Y||Y|
|69||Salisu Daura||Dir Maintenance, FAAN||North West||Y||Y|
|70||Nike Aboderin||Dir Finance & Accounts FAAN||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|71||Norris Anozie||Dir HR FAAN||South East||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|72||Clifford Omozeghian||Company Secretary, Legal Adviser FAAN||South South||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|73||Rahimatu Aminu Aliyu||ED, Federal Mortgage Bank||North West||Y||Y|
|74||Melville Ebo||ED, Federal Mortgage Bank||South East||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|75||Julie Okah – Donli||DG, NAPTIP||South South||Y||Y|
|76||Bello Rabiu||COO NNPC||North West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|77||Henry Ikem Obih||COO NNPC||South East||Y||Y|
|78||Bello Gusau||ES PTDF||North Central||Y||Y|
|79||Isiaka Abdulrazak||CFO NNPC||North Central||Y||Y|
|80||Isa Inuwa||COO NNPC||North West||Y||Y|
|81||Saidu Muhammad||COO NNPC||North West||Y||Y|
|82||Babatunde Adeniran||COO NNPC||South West||Y||Y|
|83||Anibor Kragha||COO NNPC||South South||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|84||Chidi Momah||Secretary NNPC||South East||Y||Y|
|85||Modecai Baba Ladan||Dir DPR||North Central||duplicated||Y||Y|
|86||Eberechukwu Uneze||ED, AMCON||South East||Y||Y|
|87||Aminu Ismail||ED, AMCON||North West||Y||Y|
|88||Kola Ayeye||ED, AMCON||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|89||Ishaq Oloyode||Registrar, JAMB||South West||Y||Y|
|90||Chidi Izuwah||DG, ICRC||South East||Y||Y|
|91||Bolaji Owasanoye||ICPC||South West||Y||Y|
|92||Lenrie Aina||National Librarian||South West||Y||Y|
|93||Charles Uwakwe||NECO||South East||Y||Y|
|94||Umaru Maza Maza||Chair, REA||North West||Y||Y|
|95||Damilola Ogunbiyi||MD REA||South West||Y||Y|
|96||Sanusi Ohiare||ED, REA||North Central||Y||Y|
|97||Yewande Odia||ED, REA||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|98||Fola Akinkuotu||MD, NAMA||South West||Y||Y|
|99||Sani Abubakar Mashi||DG, NiMet||North West||Y||Y|
|100||Abdusalam Mohammed||Rector, NCAT||North Central||Y||Y|
|101||Akinola Olateru||Commissioner, AIB||South West||Y||Y|
|102||Abubakar Rasheed||ES, NUC||North West||Y||Y|
|103||Abdulkadir Umar||ES, PPPRA||North West||Y||Y|
|104||Elias Nwalem||RMAFC||South East||Y||Y|
|105||Marilyn Amobi||NBET||South East||Y||Y|
|106||Faisal Shuaib||ES, NPHCDA||North Central||Y||Y|
|107||Umaru Ibrahim||NDIC||North West||Reconfirmed by Buhari Admin||Y||N||Dec-10|
|108||Uja Tor Uja||NCPC||North Central||Y||Y|
|109||Isa Pantami||DG, NITDA||North East||Y||Y|
|110||Patience Oniha||DG, DMO||South South||Y||Y|
|111||Nnenna Akajemeli||CEO, SERVICOM||South East||Y||Y|
|112||Folasade Joseph||MD, NAIC||North Central||Y||Y|
|113||Cecilia Gaya||DG, ASCON||North East||Y||Y|
|114||Luci Ajayi||ES, LITFMB||South South||Y||Y|
|115||Lanre Gbajabiamila||NLRC||South West||N||Y|
|116||Usman Abubakar||NRC||North West||Y||Y|
|117||Chiedu Ugbo||MD, NDPHC||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|119||Osita Okechukwu||DG, VON||South East||Not included||Y||Y|
|120||Eze Duru Ihioma||Chair, NPC||South East||Y||N||Jan-14|
|121||Bisi Adegbuyi||Postmaster General, NIPOST||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|122||Yewande Sadiku||DG, NIPC||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|123||Princess Gloria Akobundu||CEO, NEPAD||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|124||Olagunsoye Oyinlola||Chairman, NIMC||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|125||Umana Okon Umana||Oil & Gas Free Zone||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|126||Sharon Ikeazor||DG, PTAD||South East||Not included||Y||Y|
|127||Ben Akabueze||DG, Budget Office||South East||Wrongly identified as Aliyu Gusau||Y||Y|
|128||Yemi Kale||DG,NBS||South West||Reconfirmed by Buhari Admin||Y||N||Aug-11|
|129||Folorunsho Coker||DG,NTDC||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|130||Waziri Adio||ES, NEITI||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|131||Alh Adebayo Thomas||DG Film and Censor’s Board||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|132||Maryam Uwais||SA Social Investment||North Central||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|133||Jumoke Oduwole||SSA Trade and Investment||South West||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|134||Emeka Nwapa||CHAIRMAN, CPC||South East||Not included with board members||Y||Y|
|135||Ife Oyedele||ED, NDPHC||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|136||Alhaji Ali Usman||Chairman, PENCOM||North West||Not included||Y||Y|
|137||Manase Benga||EC, PENCOM||North Central||Not included||Y||Y|
|138||Zaki Magawata||EC, PENCOM||North East||Not included||Y||Y|
|139||Ben Oviosun||EC, PENCOM||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|140||Nyerere Ayim||EC, PENCOM||South East||Not included||Y||Y|
|141||Sanusi Garba||NERC COMMISSIONER||North West||Not included||Y||Y|
|142||Dafe C. Akpeneye||NERC COMMISSIONER||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|143||Nathan Rogers Shatti||NERC COMMISSIONER||North East||Not included||Y||Y|
|144||Dr Moses Arigu||NERC COMMISSIONER||North Central||Not included||Y||Y|
|145||Musiliu Olalekan Oseni,||NERC COMMISSIONER||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|146||Professor Frank N. Okafor||NERC COMMISSIONER||South East||Not included||Y||Y|
|147||Ituah Ighodalo||National Council of Privatisation||South South||Not included||Y||Y|
|148||O. Olaoye||National Council of Privatisation||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|149||Yinka Amosun||FRCN (Lagos)||South West||Not included||Y||Y|
|150||Femi Odumosu||Ogun Osun RBDA||South West||Not included|
|152||Jide Zeitlin||Chair, NSIA||South West||Not included|
|153||Uche Orji||CEO/MD, NSIA||South East||Not included|
|154||Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli||ED, NSIA||South East||Not included|
|155||Urum Kalu Eke||NSIA||South East||Not included|
|156||Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu||NSIA||North Central||Not included|
|157||Asue Ighodalo||NSIA||South South||Not included|
|158||Halima Buba||NSIA||North East||Not included|
|159||Bello Machido||NSIA||North WeSt||Not included|