Following the allegation of nepotism levelled against President Muhammadu Buhari by Bishop Matthew Kukah, discussions on which zones have the most representation in the president’s appointment have resurfaced again.
Both newspapers cited a document from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Zone by zone breakdown
1. Southwest – 64 appointees
2. Northwest – 37 appointees
3. Northeast – 29 appointees
4. South-south – 24 appointees
5. North-central – 21 appointees
6. Southeast zone – 15 appointees
At the state level, Ogun state has the highest number of political appointments made by President Buhari since his re-election in 2019 holding 17 out of a total 190 appointments at the time the report was filed. See the breakdown below.
State by state breakdown: The top five
1. Ogun state – 17
2. Adamawa state – 14
3. Kano – 12
4. Lagos – 12
5. Oyo – 12
Breakdown: South versus North
1. Southern zone (17 states) – 103 appointees
2. Northern zone (19 states) – 87 appointees
Legit.ng gathers that all the appointees serve in the offices of the president, vice president, the First Lady and the wife of the vice president.
Premium Times notes that the document from the office of the SGF did not include appointments made by the president to the boards and management of federal ministries (permanent secretaries), agencies and parastatals.
It did not also contain ambassadorial appointments as well as those of the nation’s security agencies.
Meanwhile, in a previous report, Legit.ng highlighted eight prominent appointments President Buhari made in the year 2020.
Top on the list is Professor Ibrahim Gambari who was on May 13, appointed the Chief of Staff to President Buhari. He was a career diplomat and academic.
He replaced Mallam Abba Kyari who died of complications from COVID-19 in April.
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