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Buhari’s Appointment Has Become Lopsided –Tanko

Posted: Jul 16, 2016 at 3:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Yunusa Tanko, former president, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), is the National Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), in this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, speaks on the lopsided appointment made by President Muhammadu led administration and other issues. Excerpts:


What is your observation on the recent appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari as some people have said it is one sided?

My observation is that the appointments are becoming lopsided whereby supporting the claim by some people that the government is marginalising some sections of the country. Moreover, the appointments are coming in piece meal which does not augur well for the administration that wants to bring change as claimed. For an administration that has spent 25 per cent of its tenure and majority of the appointments are yet to be made is an indication that all is not well.  I want Mr. President should come out in full force and appoint those he feels can help the administration in achieving its set goals. A lot of people are suffering in the country because certain things are not working and that should be a concern to the government.

What is your advice to the government on the matter?

My advice is for Mr. President to settle down and immediately appoint those who are supposed to help in driving the supposed change mantra of the administration. We are in the second year of the administration and yet some of those who are supposed to be in the government are still outside. It is not right to appoint people just a year or few months into the end of the government because the people would not feel their impact and contribution to the government.

Members of the National Assembly are working to amend the constitution which would give them immunity like what the president and governors are enjoying. Do you have any opposition to such attempt?

I don’t think such attempt by members of the National Assembly is healthy for our democracy. Even the immunity enjoys by the president, vice-president, governors and their deputies have been criticised and people have agitated for its removal. However, because of the peculiar nature of their job, we can tolerate that but not for the legislature. May be the desire for immunity emanated from the fact that some of them were once governors and want to extend the same privilege to their present position as law makers. The oversight function that members of the legislatures are signed is not their tradition role as we all know all over the world. Therefore members cannot use that to ask for immunity because it is unhealthy for our democracy.   They don’t need immunity before they can do the work in which they were elected to do as lawmakers.  I would advise them to deepen democracy by making laws that would have positive impacts on the lives of the people of their constituencies.

The rising cases of insecurity in the country like Fulani herdsmen, kidnapping, cult activities and militancy have become a source of worry to many Nigerians. How do you think the present administration can show more commitment in fighting the menace?

The security challenge is growing because the government has not been able to carry people along as expected. Many people who are supposed to be part of the government are sidelined and it is a source of worry to some of us.  Though the government has been able to control the spread of Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east, other criminal activities continue to stare the country in the face. Right now, pickpocket and pilfering have been on the increase in the country.  The government has been keeping many people waiting since May 29 last year when it came to power and that has contributed to the state of insecurity in the country.  Let me tell you something, politicians and members of the ruling party who could not make the list of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari are waiting for board appointments which they are expecting would come up very soon, but once that is done and many of them could not get the board appointment, they would begin to talk. So we are where we are because the government has not been accommodating.

What is NCP doing to reposition the party a head of future elections?

As part of activities to prepare the party a head of future elections, we are organising a colloquium in the name of late Gani Fawehinmi at Akure, capital of Ondo State on July 21. The colloquium would look at what Gani would do if he were to be around in the present political situation. After the colloquium, the party would go ahead with other activities to register in the minds of Nigerians that NCP is the party to beat in the next general elections.


Is NCP ready to participate in the forth coming local government election in Lagos State?

We are going to take part in any election including the forth coming local government in Lagos State. You remember that we were the one that took the government to court over delay in the conduct of local government election and appointment of caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the councils in the state. Interestingly, we won the election though the state government decided to appeal against the judgment. So what I am telling you is that anytime the government is prepared for the election, NCP would participate.