[The Presidential blog]: Even the avengers are complaining about Presidential appointments

What have we got ourselves into in this country with President Muhammadu Buhari?

Today I learnt that president-in-waiting (LOL), Hillary Clinton has already started compiling a list of some official appointments the next President will have to make. The United States Government is employer to some 3 million people and so that’s probably a great idea if the next President wants to get any real government work done.

It reminded me of the months-long wait we had to endure before the President finally released #TheList. Remember? And then finally, nothing new. The usual suspects, a few wild cards and one and a half years down the line, very little to show for the super ministerial appointments.

Well except for scandals. Worst still, the President appears to now be intentionally courting scandals.

Last week, it was announced that the President intends to hold negotiations with the Niger Delta Avengers before October runs out. Great idea, considering the level of success that he’s achieved with Boko Haram.

However, alarming reports have surfaced quoting the Avengers as being unenthusiastic (to put it mildly) about the proposed meeting. The grievance? Appointments!

Again? I heard you ask? Na so we see am o.

The avengers, in a statement issued by the group but signed by Col. Rightman Hudson Opukurowari stressed that the planned negotiations with selected leaders of the Niger Delta with President Muhammadu Buhari may be a flop because of some of the ‘elders’ involved.

“We have discovered without any iota of doubt that so long as there are the likes of Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi-Min. for Transport, Brig. Paul Boro (RTD)-presidential Adviser, Sen. Ita Enang-SA to the President on NASS, Dr. Ibe Ikachukwu-Min. of state for Petroleum, Gen. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Hon. Timipre Sylva – Fmr, Governor of Bayelsa State at the corridors of the presidency, there shall be no end to this dialogue saga.”

I don’t claim to be an expert on diplomatic missions but really Mr. President?

Quoting Col. Rightman again (and this is instructive), “we expect the Federal Government with all her inexhaustible wisdom make these Niger Delta leaders lead them to these boys in the creeks they are representing. That should be the first prerequisite of their qualification to dialogue on behalf of the boys in the creeks. They don’t represent us. Secondly, they should give government a satisfactory road map for a genuine dialogue representing all oil producing communities in Nigeria that may yield a permanent solution to such repetition of restiveness in the region.”

This is even more interesting to note considering the fact that the President had complained of lack of credible channels of communication in dealings with the Boko Haram before he asked for international arbiters to serve as mediators. So one would expect that the FG will apply the same logic here.

But maybe that’s not the question we should be asking? Maybe we should be asking who and who are really making all these appointments ?


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