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Is Yar'adua A Tribalistic President?

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.“

My people, this is found in today's Tribune. What is your take on this?

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Meehnn. Most Nigerians are tribalist that's why we have this federal character bullshit. Even if he appoints fairly, who is to say the reason isn't so he won't seem like the tribalist he is?

People are just more comfortable with the people they know and sometimes it does make them tribalist.

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All you need is a third grade education (primary 3) to know yar'adua favours the north in his appointments.

kudos to abubakar umar.

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All i know is that, he is a sick president, and he needs to go

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Yaradua is worse than a tribalist. He is a mediocre and incompetent snot.[b][/b]

Arev crude , or just oily?

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A closer look at things will show that most of the people the president appointed were chosen by his wife Turai. So, she should take most of the blame.

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If he practices is nepotism in his private business enterprise that his nobody's problem, but, he shouldn't do that with public concerns no matter what.

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unfortunately in a country like nigeria where almost all people are suspect  of some heinous crime and you cant put a finger on what they have actually done right, there is a tendency to appoint people one trusts and such people tend to be people one knows personally.if I owned a bussiness in nigeria, I could never trust anyone who just came to me with a resume because of too many liars and ill transparency. I noticed the nepotism, but in nigeria such is inevitable.

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Yaradua is worse than a tribalist. He is a mediocre and incompetent snot.

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Your life experiences affects your view, values and ultimately your politics

Yar'adua has spent at least 95% of his life in Katsina

He does not have the requisite exposure to run a multi-ethnic country like Nigeria.

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TRIBALISM OR COMPETENCY

The president is hired (assuming he was voted for) to do a job and, we should judge him on him on how well he has been able to fulfill his mandate by relieving Nigerians of their suffering. As Nigerians, I think we are often too critical of our leaders without asking ourselves the hard question, what did we bring to the table in solving the Nation's problems? Yar'adua cannot possibly be the reasons for all of Nigerian problems.

I think a little reflection is called for if we are to develop as a Nation. I do not blog but I read posting in this forum frequently and often, we display our frustration without acknowledging that, problems can only be solved by understanding, planning and, execution, each phase carried out with absolute discipline. If when I visit Nigeria in December this year, we have electricity 24/7 (occasional interruptions won’t count), I will consider Yar'adua a successful president.

I guess on the debate as to whether or, not he is tribalistic is not really as important as it appear. Those of us that reside out of the country do not have any special influence on the people that run the affairs of the communities where we live but, once the rules are set and they are fairly enforced, we compete and, do well. What we need is to hold our leaders to the highest ethical standard and, hold their feet to the fire when they do not perform. For instance, he made certain promises; he should be judge on whether or not he has fulfilled those promises.

Another dimension to the act of governance and/or management is that trust is very important.  Very competent people can ruin your business or administration if they are so inclined and, by the time you know it, it is too late. So, if he is desirous to succeed, he has to appoint people not only because they are competent but also because he has enough trust in them that they will not sabotage his program.

Now let me make this clear, I am not holding brief for Mr. Yar'adua. I am just trying to point out the reality of human management as it affects any effective administration or, business.

Ultimately, we will get there as a people where these irrelevant issues will give way to what the person have to offer.

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I don't know what to call him, but he best should have remained a governor is his little state.

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^^^ i disagree everything boils down to personal interest because a person naturally would give jobs to people who he has similar interests as.

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Everything in this country boils down to tribalism (forget all the enlightenment and PhD's).Everyone has either been guilty of it or will be guilty of it at some point in the future.For instance, Mr A graduated 12 years ago and has been perambulating the Lagos metropolis in search of a job and he stumbles into an organization and discovers the MD is from his hometown.Tell me, if na you, you no go play the tribal card?

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If all the officials are IGBO and can do the work i dont care. If they are cow Chasing and no shoe wearing mallamic fulanis i dont care. They could all be amala eating "plenty stew" Yoruba Yoruba Speaking facial mark redesigned yoruba man i dont care.

Can they do the Job?

I can see that you don't care, though I do observe that you did use derogatory remarks for two groups , perhaps I am reading too much into your state of mind or it exposes you as another Tribalist.

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[Quote]If all the officials are IGBO and can do the work i dont care. If they are cow Chasing and no shoe wearing mallamic fulanis i dont care. They could all be amala eating "plenty stew" Yoruba Yoruba Speaking facial mark redesigned yoruba man i dont care.

Can they do the Job?  [/quote]

It is obvious that they can't do the job.  Yar'adua is actually doing a disservice to the Hausa/katsina people by overexposing their incompetence to the rest of Nigerians.

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I will not say he is a tribalist, u work with who u feel comfortable with, at the end of the day if you the President and your gang, group or inner caucus are working for the good of the country, then I don’t see anything wrong with that.

The constitution allows for the president to pick his team after satisfying the federal character principle in which every state in the federation is equally represented in the distribution of Ministerial post and Minster of State post.

The constitution does not however explicitly empower the President to give Finance or Petroleum Minster to the north, east or west, the constitution leaves that to the discretion of the Preside

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there should a word worse than tribalistic.

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Both tribalistic and islamistic.

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Ehen? So? Abeg let him appoint whoever he wants to appoint. They r just making noise because he appointed a fellow hausa man. What is it? u want him to put a yoruba pesin there? Haba!

Hausa ppl r the most honest, hardworking ppl in nigeria.

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we are watching , he is showing signs of it though, hope he realizes that he is not on a vandetta mission against the rest of the country.

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The last time I checked, we've got no president!

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I think the former gov is an exception. I f you doubt my stance, kindly name his endorsed choice.

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Sorry they didnt educate you well at ekpoma and even at the Oyinboland you suffered so much to creep into. 1.There was no Hausa head of state at ABURI 2. you dont have a clue what the history of the British conquest and rule in Nigeria was you would have known who fought the Brits, Please enroll for JAMB (distant) learning and read about the British wars with the Sooto Caliphate. You can find the exchange of letters between Sultan Attahirru of Sokoto and the British from 1895 to 1904 .and read about all the battles. Could you clever people write letters in 1895? AS you are managing in UK just get an off peak underground ticket (if you can afford it and go to Euston Square - when you come out go on to School of Oriental and African Study and sit in the Library and read someting about yoour country - Nigeria. You will know who in Nigeria was organized enough to offer resistance to the Brits and who didnt have any organized systems at all.

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If all the officials are IGBO and can do the work i dont care. If they are cow Chasing and no shoe wearing mallamic fulanis i dont care. They could all be amala eating "plenty stew" Yoruba Yoruba Speaking facial mark redesigned yoruba man i dont care.

Can they do the Job?

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Yar'Dull is a sad story

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@2n2k my bad thanks for educating me

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PERSONALLY,4 ME,I BELIEVE YAR"ADUA IS A TRIBALISTIC PRESIDENT WHO WANT TO TURN DIS NATION TO A NORTHERN AND IF POSSIBLE,AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY.WHY IS HE APPOINTING NORTHERNERS 2 MOST OF D KEY AND SENSITIVE POSITION IN DIS COUNTRY,EVEN WHEN THOSE POSITION WERE FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY SOUTHERNERS.EXAMPLE IS NNPC CHAIRMAN.

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atleast, he aint running it as

a family  business.

Let him do comot abeg!

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@Becomrich,u have come again with this your stale merger talk. NIGERIA _BENIN merger.,.,.,,.,HIGHLY IMPOSICANT.

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That means you don't know the former governor well enough.

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@Komaino the Londoner.

Two simple questions for you, If your black village is cursed, why did you go ahead to marry your black cursed wife?

Dont you think a marriage between a cursed man and a cursed wife will produce 200% of cursed children?

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Please tell us the preference of the former gov of Kaduna State. Waiting.

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I think his problem is beyond tribalism;he has a huge problem wit making gud decisions or is his condition a case of COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON?

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na wa for we nigerians! the guy man no get time for himself and for body is here worried about tribalism. pls let him take care of his sick health and our sick country, if he can.[color=#990000]

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Lets not blame everything on tribalism, there may be other reasons why he made the choice but if indeed this individual isn't the best candidate for the job then God save Nigeria, Lets fight nepotism, that is the only way we can succeed, tribalism seems to suggest that everyone from the north or everyone from Katsina is favored yet we all know there is hunger in the North as much as in the South, the hunger that bites an Hausa Stomach is no different from the one that bite an Ibo stomach, the suffering of our people be it Yoruba or Hausa is the same regardless of their state of Origin. It is time we concentrate on what we have in common rather than focusing on what divide us.

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how else will you desribe a president that appointed the CBN governor,minister of finance<national security adviser,national planning minister,NNPC md,petroleum minister<agriculture minister etc rom the same stock.i rest my case

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He is exercising his power as the dumbest president on earth afterall uncle Sege put him there.The Stock market lost 133billion or is it millions after sacking 5 Bank MDs.Watch it another round of bank distress is in the corner.They thought Soludo doesnt know economics.Lets pity all of us-Doomsday around

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Even when his kinsman has called him out on what Igbos already knew about and have been complaining since time immemorial, yet their lazy arrsss lickers are still doing what they knows best, that is defending them awusa/fulanis. Even some of the lazy ones are still undecided on what is crystal clear. When shall you Yorubas and other minorities rise up and condemn and stand up to this parasitic northerners? Shall the truth always come out from only the Igbos? Tomorrow, some of you imbeciles will come here to write that the problem about nigerians is about standing up and being bold to condemn things as this. HYPOCRITES.

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The report doesnt say that he was an assistant to the former Comptroller General but rather he was an Assistant Comptroller General which is a rank like Major General in the army or Assistant Inspector General of police. There are many officers on that rank and they have many superior officers on the rank of Deputy Comptroller General. He was catapulted  over those and jumped that rank of Deputy Comptroller ala Nuhu Ribadu.

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i am not suprised.

what where you goys expecting from a sickler.don't you know he is a walking zombie.all his brain cells are dead n gone.

so my fellow NL keep expecting more from YARASTUPID.

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It is a daft question to ask about Umaru Yar’adua. It is only a fool who does not discern that Nigeria amounts to nepotism, cronyism, tribalism, colonial contraption, jungle and failure.

The same attributes that led the coup of January 15, 1966 that overthrew the government of Balewa are being displayed by the government of Yar’adua. He learnt from his father who was the minister for Lagos capital territory under Balewa government.

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Yarasick is a weak president extraordinaire.

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Of course he is. Thats why his regime is inactive. All the key positions were given to his Northern peeps.

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when would nigeirians awaken to to reality. . . the point is we're always lying on sick beds et al.

that guy called umoru or whatever, is only an acting president. . . hence he is still or he is under higher authorities for crying outa lad.

Its high time we've got the take the batton and hold the bull by its HORN before there is be any progress if at all in NIGIERIA.

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Very true, using people that he trust, and i dont think it is about being tribalistic

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He's totally clueless on how to run a country - so he results to that which he's comfortable with.

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