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Federal Character Principle Under Threat In Nigeria – Okorie

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uka Felix, Abakaliki

Member representing Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal constituency, Ebonyi State in the Federal House of Representatives, Linus Abbah Okorie, on Monday, July 6, 2015, said that the federal character principle in

Nigeria “is now under threat under the current dispensation”.

He said that the diversity in the Nigerian nation was managed with the implementation of the Federal Character principle, while calling on President Muhammadu  Buhari to implore the principle of Federal

character in his appointments, as the principle has been totally negated in his few appointments.

The lawmaker, who spoke in Abakaliki, noted that it would be in the best interest of the nation and its constitution if the president redresses the error in the course of subsequent appointments, as most of the appointments favoured the Northern part of the country.

He said that considering Nigeria’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature, such “a skewed pattern of appointment” has not had a precedent in the history of Nigeria and cannot engender national unity and cohesion.

Okorie said: “The few appointments already made by President Mohammadu Buhari do not reflect federal character. Mr. President has made nine appointments thus far and eight of the appointees are from the North, with one from the South-West.

“Is this probably a deliberate policy of the APC government  to do away with a constitutional principle, even without amending the constitution.  It questions their intention to abide by the spirit and letters of Nigeria’s constitution, thereby directly endangering our democracy”.

However, Okorie added, “The worrisome situation is still redeemable but statements emanating from a visible members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila de-emphasizing

the federal character principle are troubling and offer no assurance about their positive disposition towards this salient constitutional principle”.