President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday defended the appointments he has made since assumption office, stating that they are based on merit and that he has tried to be fair.
President Buhari made the remark at the palace of Nnaemeka Achebe, obi of Onitsha, in Anambra state following allegations by some traditional rulers that the south-east states were being marginalised by his administration.
The President was in Anambra and Enugu States to canvass for votes for his reelection bid.
Buhari said, “I think I tried to be fair. And you can ask these ministers. I never asked them how are they running their parastatals, the boards. I appointed them and I trust them. I allow them work.”
“I don’t have to tell you what noise the other states are making especially when compared to the votes I got in 2015. So, I think I try to be fair.”
“I think I tried to be fair. And you can ask these ministers. I never asked them how are they running their parastatals, the boards. I appointed them and I trust them. I allow them work.”
“I don’t have to tell you what noise the other states are making especially when compared to the votes I got in 2015. So, I think I try to be fair.
“Those of you who were in the military even in the Biafran Army, know that the entry point is the same and you go for basic training, until you go to your formations or institutions whether it is army, navy, air force or the police. The most competent or senior person is the one that gets there.”
On appointment of service chiefs, Buhari said; “If there are half a million soldiers, only one man can be the chief of Army staff at a time. This is so for the rest of the troop.
“In recruitment, we make sure that by states, people are recruited. At least, this is what I do, people are recruited from each state. For those who manage to get recruited, it’s up to them to get to the top if they are professional and work for it”.
“The present chief of army staff, the chief of air staff, the chief of naval staff even the previous inspector-general of police that just left, I didn’t know them personally before I appointed them. I follow records.
“The same thing with the IG, that one was appointed last week. I don’t think I have ever seen him, I follow records. So, appointments in the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies depends on individual performance after recruitment not where you think you come. At least between me and God, this is what I do.”
While highlihting what his administration has done for Anambra state, President Buhari Urged the traditional rulers in the state to support the government in improving the security situation of the country.