Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and the immediate past Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Ondo State, Kayode Akinmade, have decried the hasty manner President Muhammadu Buhari removed Matthew Seiyefa as acting director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) last week.
They condemned the appointment of Yusuf Bichi from the North, wondering if the president is actually acting out an ethnic script as previously alleged. Akinmade, who served for six years in the cabinet of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, told The Guardian yesterday in Akure that “the appointment negates the principle of Federal Character.”
According to him, it is not healthy for the nation’s democracy for some people to be more favoured than others under the guise of religion, ethnicity or political affiliations.He warned that such trend, if not checked, might plunge the nation further into crisis, hatred, disunity and distrust.
Aside lopsidedness, which he said characterised the Buhari administration, he also described Bichi’s appointment as a slur on meritocracy.In the same vein, the secretary-general of Afenifere, Sehinde Arogbofa, recounted that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as a true Nigerian, put Seiyefa in the position when he was acting president.
Arogbofa lamented that Buhari, who publicly declared full support for the appointment made by Osinbajo, reversed the decision to the detriment of some sections of the country. Akinmade and Arogbofa urged the Federal Government to desist from actions that could further plunge the nation into disunity and distrust, insisting that the principles of Federal Character were sacrosanct for the survival of the nation.