The Nigerian Senate has jumped to the defence of President Muhammadu Buhari amidst criticism that his appointments are lopsided in favour of a particular zone.
The upper legislative house in an obvious attempt to counter the submissions of the former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar and others who accused President Muhammadu Buhari of lopsided appointments into Federal Government and agencies argued that such claims are not backed by any empirical evidence.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, in a chat with journalist described statement credited to Umar as “beer parlour talks”.
He asked Nigerians to analyse the appointments made by President Buhari based on geopolitical zones, rather than from whether the appointee is from the North or South.
“Please do a tabulation of all appointments to be filled up by the Federal Government and the ones that have been done and show empirically, scientifically, how it has been lopsided.
“I will not with due respect, rely on what people colloquially call, beer parlor discussion.
“I want to tell you too that politicians can be mischievous, I am not saying any Senator is mischievous.
“When you talk of the North we have three zones – North-Central, North-East, and North-West – but when people want to be mischievous when the appointment comes from the North Central and they want to just make it look as if is from the North, they will say this one is also for the North but when it suits them, then they will talk of South East and South West,” he said