Posted by News Express | 3 November 2018 | 906 times
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration has ensured even distribution of political appointments to reflect diverse interests across the country, regardless of the voting patterns of the 2015 presidential elections.
He stated this on Friday while receiving a delegation of Bassa Traditional Rulers and Elites led by His Royal Highness, Bako Ebiredelu Dogwo, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President explained that the Nigerian Constitution clearly maps out the need for representation in every government, stressing that he had adhered strictly to the tenets of the law.
He noted that Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology, Labour and Employment, as well as Industry, Trade and Investment, emerged from states that he did not record much votes in 2015.
President Buhari added that he also ensured that the aforementioned were given strong portfolios in the cabinet based on their competence.
“As humanly possible, I have tried to be fair to all,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
“I am very pleased that in spite of the complaints of technical marginalisation, you have agreed to vote for me in 2019.”
The President assured the delegation that he would look into the issue of poor representation of the Bassa people in government.
“Thank you for all the nice things you have said about me and the administration. I have taken note that you don’t have leadership in any of the parastatals,” he added.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation said Bassa people had consistently voted for the President over the years, and “will do it again in 2019”.
“You are a great asset to Nigeria. The Bassa nation will use all the resources available to us to ensure you are re-elected in 2019,’’ he said.
The royal father said the President’s effort at securing the country was commendable and urged him to also sustain the anti-corruption war.
“We are happy with your administration, which is all inclusive without discrimination. Keep promoting equality,” he added.
He, however, called on the President to reciprocate the love and affection of the Bassa people, who are spread across Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Niger states and FCT, by ensuring that they get fair representation in government.
•Sourced from Channels TV report
•President Buhari with a delegation of Bassa Traditional Rulers and Elites at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on November 2, 2018.
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