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Published On: Fri, Jul 24th, 2015

Why Northern group is cautioning Osinbajo over political appointment

JULUIS JOHN

A group known as Voice of Northern Christian Movement of Nigeria (VNCMN) has warned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo against giving appointments based on religious or friendship basis.
The group, in an open letter to the vice president, signed by Pastor Kallamu Musa Dikwa, also cautioned him against giving appointments to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from the North simply because they are Christians or friends to his close associates.

According to VNCMN, competence, integrity and fairness must be the watchword in giving appointments moreso that the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari had promised Nigerians during their campaigns that they would work for the unity, peace and progress of Nigerians.
“We heard that some Christian leaders or pastors that had worked with some past PDP governors in the North are now lobbying for political appointment in this new All Progressives Congress (APC) government through their friends who are very close to the vice president.

 
“If the vice president makes a mistake and gives any appointment to PDP members from the North just because they are Christians or friends to his close associates, he is going to have a very serious problem with both President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC leaders in the South-West. So, he should avoid any step that will lead to a problem with his party leaders.
“We also heard that northern pastors that had worked for the APC in the North are complaining that the Yoruba tribe and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) are blocking them from seeing the vice president, this is not right. Nobody should think that Osinbajo will only give appointments to Christians in this government because it was not an agreement between Vice President Osinbajo and President Buhari that the vice president will give appointments to Christians only while the President gives appointments to Muslims only.
“….President Buhari also knows that northern Nigeria is divided over religious discrimination. If truly they are going to unite us, we must reject those who propagate hatred, ethnicity, divisiveness, sectionalism or seek to manipulate our religious differences in such cynical fashion”, the letter added.

 

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