President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Haruna Baba Jauro as the new acting DG of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Buhari had only earlier this week appointed Calistus Obi, an Igbo by ethnicity, as acting director general/chief executive of NIMASA and now with no explanation put in someone from the northern part of Nigeria where he hails from.
This has sparked accusations in political circles that the president was biased in all his appointments.
Mr. Obi hailed from Anambra State in southeastern Nigeria.
This comes after Buhari had appointed Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari as acting Chairperson of the Independent Nationation Electoral Commission (INEC) who remained office despite the expiration of her tenure since July 21 2015.
One politician from Anambra speaking in Anonymity told reporters that he and other igbos are extremely troubled by President Buhari’s action on the leadership of NIMASA.
“Anybody who knows about maritime issues can tell you that [Calistus] Obi is very knowledgeable,” said the source, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. He added, “Why would Mr. President remove him after just a few days, even though he was appointed in an acting capacity? What was the hurry in firing him? And it is interesting that Alhaji Jauro’s appointment is also in acting capacity.”
Theis is also now affecting the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who told journalists of their concern that Mr. Buhari’s appointments so far “have been more than 90% in favor of northerners and Muslims.”
Mr Buhari had last week said that he should not be expected to treat areas that gave him 97% of their votes the same way as those that gave him only five percent. After realizing the political implications of his reckless statement, the Nigerian president made a belated attempt to correct the faux pas.
It’s said that during their visit to the land of the Free, that it was obvious that Buhari seemed to listen only to members of his inner circle, led by former Nigerian Defense Minister, Theophilus Y. Danjuma.