FORMER Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (Rtd), has lambasted President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua over the appointment of a new Controller-General of Customs, alleging that the president had ignored the principles of federal character.
He said in Kaduna on Monday, that for not disclosing the reasons or the considerations that guided the selection and appointment of Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, as the new Controller-General of Customs, over and above his superiors and other peers, the president had erred.
Umar described the development as a semblance of nepotism and a presidential inability to treat the whole country as one, adding that the action was a gross violation of the federal character principles.
“President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s increasing disdain for due process and the tendency towards arbitrariness portend to have posed a grave danger both to the unity and security of the country,” he said.
“Having chosen not to disclose the reasons or the considerations that guided the selection and appointment last week of Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, as the new Comptroller-General of Customs over and above his superiors and other peers, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had given the impression that he was unconcerned with the increasing apprehensions and anxieties the public feels about the way he is using the powers of his office.”
“Without a question, the public is right and entitled to expect that the president exercises those powers transparently and always for the promotion of the larger interests of the entire country.”
The appointment, he added, was a clear manifestation of nepotism tendencies which signaled the steady emergence of a disturbing pattern of nepotism, cronyism and chronic dinability to treat the whole country as a single constituency.
“All too often, as in this instance, a high profile office falls vacant and the president rushes to locate an indigene of Katsina (or in some cases, Kano State), to fill it. Few can pretend not to notice or take issues with the choice of Katsina-born Alhaji Abdullahi Inde, an Assistant Comptroller-General, a lower level position in the hierarchy of that institution, as Comptroller-General after recent appointments of Katsina State indigenes as chief executive officers of string of parastatals, including the Petroleum Trust Fund, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the National Inland Waterways Authority and, for that matter, Federal Road Maintenance Agency.”
He said that in the opinion of the Nigerian public, no matter the qualifications of the appointees, the fact that President Yar’Adua ignored agreed principles of the federal character and national unity in carrying out the appointments, the intention rendered any of such qualities untenable.
“This should be a matter of deep regret considering that at least, one part of his recent appointees, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank, has proved to be uncommonly well informed, competent and an effective regulator; a big credit indeed to his profession.“
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