Abaribe Fumes As FCC Ignore Federal Character Principle With Chairman And Secretary Now Both Being Northerners
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, yesterday fumed at the lopsided nominations into the board of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
This is as the Senate confirmed the nomination of 37 out of 38 nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Commission.
Abaribe was particularly incensed that Nigerians from the same part of the country are occupying the Chairmanship and Secretaryship positions of the commission
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. He said that while competent Nigerians from the north have been appointed as Chairman of the Commission, the Secretary to the Commission has always been from the south in line with section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
He concluded sharing:
“Appointment of Mohammed Bello Tukur from Taraba State in 2017 as Secretary of the Commission by President Muhamnadu Buhari gave the impression that a new Chairman would be from the South but the nomination of Dr Muheeba Dankaka from Kwara State as the new chairman violated the age-long principle.
“The Senate needs to look into this in the spirit of the principles of the federal character itself.”