The Federal Character Commission on Tuesday advised the Federal Government and National Assembly to abide by its principle in the sharing of positions and political appointments.
The parastatal, which is under the Presidency, also said henceforth, no funds shall be allocated for capital projects to any Ministry, Department and Agency of government that fails to sit with its appropriate committee and obtain a “certificate of no objection”.
The chairman of FCC, Alhaji Muhammed Alkali, and Secretary, Mr. Jude Rex-Ogbuku, stated these while fielding questions on the political crisis in the National Assembly over sharing of positions and perceived lopsided appointments by the Presidency during a press briefing in Abuja.
The commission said although the federal appointments and sharing of positions in the National Assembly were contentious issues, the FCC, in its Act, anticipates appointive and not elective offices.
Rex-Ogbuku said, “The National Assembly, as you know is elective and as the chairman has said, it’s an institution and we just hope that it will pay a little attention to the federal character principle. But to say we cover them, no. We do not think that we have control over the elective positions as it is only in the areas of appointive positions that the FCC seems to be respected.
“If it is election as it is in National Assembly, they are actually at liberty but we will enjoin them ordinarily to do the right thing by following the federal character principles.
“I think the same question was asked on the appointments by the Presidency. Yes, of course, it is a constitutional provision and ordinarily and naturally, we are also to be adviser to the Presidency on the appointment of officers.
“Mind you, the Presidency is actually at liberty but is enjoined by the constitution to follow the federal character principle. We expect that in the appointments, the Presidency must ensure that no part of the country feels alienated and therefore, in the distribution, it’s expected to take into cognisance all the geo-political zones in the country, the states and where necessary, the ethnic affiliations, such that no part of the country feels that it has been alienated in the appointments.
“So, definitely the federal character principles cover the appointments that would be made or has been made by the Presidency. l will want to say that most of the appointments you have seen recently are in acting capacities as none of them have been substantiated. But then, we expect that the Presidency would do the right thing”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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