President Bola Tinubu has been encouraged to let the federal character concept govern his nominations to the public service and institutions in the nation by human rights attorney Pelumi Olajengbesi, who is located in Abuja.
Olajengbesi used a statement on Friday to reaffirm that because Nigeria is a diverse and multireligious nation, all nominations to the government need to fairly represent the ethnic, linguistic, and geographic variety of the nation.
He said that the President shouldn’t make the same mistakes as his immediate predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, and warned that clannish selections are harmful to Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.
Attentive observers of the new administration cannot dispute the trend in President Bola Tinubu’s appointments,” Olajengbesi stated. The President pledged to lead a government of national unity throughout his campaigns, but the overwhelming presence of Yoruba men and women in the President’s selections is concerning and harmful to Nigeria’s flimsy unity.
The ‘It’s Our Turn’ ethos that is emerging is counterproductive. President Tinubu should not make the same error as his predecessor, who put his relatives to important positions in the administration. The federal character concept should serve as the future President’s compass since it is inextricably linked to real federalism.
Additionally, Section 318 of the 1999 Constitution makes it plain that a federal structure is necessary to develop national unity, national loyalty, and a sense of belonging among all Nigerians.
The composition of the Government of the Federation shall be carried out in a way that reflects the federal character of Nigeria and the need to foster national unity, according to Section 14 (3 and 4) of the 1999 Constitution.
All ethnic nations, religious groupings, and geographical components must feel involved in the new administration if Nigeria is to achieve peace, unity, and lasting growth. Anything outside of this is harmful to the democracy we now have.
The third and fourth lines of the first stanza of Nigeria’s former national song, “Though tribes and tongue may differ/In brotherhood we stand,” perfectly encapsulated it. The new Nigeria ought to think like this. Godspeed to Nigeria.