There are speculations on the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since his reign as Nigeria’s Head of State in April 11, 2015. And Nigerians recalls that one of his campaign promises was to run a low cost government.
According to an article posted on NAIJ, there are five recent appointments which Nigerians deemed needless and unnecessary. Suggesting President Buhari’s has deviated from his campaign promise, and assigning those offices, to base on a calculated attempt to reward political patronage.
1. Sunday Aghaeze (Personal Assistant to the President on Photography)
Buhari appointed Aghaeze on Sunday, February 28. The appointment according to a letter signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, took effect from June 1, 2015. The appointment took many political observers by surprise because the President already has a personal photographer – Bayo Omoboriowo. Rumours that the Aghaeze’s appointment was influenced by Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, a known supporter of the Presidenthas not helped matters. Many has described the appointment was unnecessary and a waste of resources.
2. Ben Akabueze (Special Adviser on Planning to the Minister of Budget and National Planning)
A curious appointment, given the vast experience of Akabueze and also the thought behind appointing a special adviser for a board room guru like the present minister, Udoma Udo Udoma. Nigerians think that Akabueze is bigger than the office and should be fixed in a capacity where he can make real impact and not creating an unnecessary office for him.
3. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora)
Perhaps, her commendable performance as the Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs between 2007 and 2015 influenced the President’s decision. But, a Ministry that already has 2 ministers, Geoffrey Onyeama and Khadija Bukar Abba hardly needs anyone to function as the President’s Senior Special Assistant, especially for a government that promised to prune down on costs. What an irony!
4. Tolu Ogunlesi (Special Assistant on Digital/New Media)
The renowned journalist, Tolu Ogunlesi was appointed as the Special Assistant on Digital/New Media by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 18. This is despite the fact that the President had earlier appointed Bashir Ahmad, as his personal assistant on New Media. A clear duplication of office and duties and indeed a wasteful and needless appointment.
5. Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant On National Assembly Matters (Senate)
First of its kind in the history of Nigeria’s democracy, Buhari perhaps showed us what to expect when he made the appointment last year. Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Musa Ya’adua and his successor, Goodluck Jonathan all had one individual as their Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters. But for reasons best known to the present administration, it has to be two – for the two legislative chambers. Another clear case of waste!