President Muhammadu Buhari has been lambasted by Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Thursday over the appointment of the country’s new Chief of Army Staff form the north again.
Buhari had earlier on Thursday appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff following the death of Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru in last week’s plane crash in Kaduna.
The National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, who reacted to the development in a statement, said the President’s refusal to appoint an army chief from the South-East shows that he does not believe in the unity of the country.
In the statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA siad: “The shameless and nepotistic decision of President Buhari to continue in the illegal and unconstitutional abuses of appointing only Hausa/Fulani citizens into juicy internal security positions in breach of the Nigerian Constitutional provision of Federal Character is despicable, reprehensible and toxic.”
The group accused President Buhari of violating his oath of office with his aversion for the Federal Character principle.
“Buhari’s refusal to appoint an officer from the South-East of Nigeria as the Chief of Army Staff even when he is the most senior of the Major Generals further solidifies his notoriety as someone who does not believe in one Nigeria,” it added.