By Ahmed Tukur
A human rights lawyer and former Nasarawa State chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Haruna Iliya-Shuaibu, has alleged that the ministerial list submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari negates the spirit of federal character.
Speaking to DAILY NIGERIAN on Wednesday, Mr Iliya-Shuaibu stated that section 14 sub-section 3 of the Nigerian Constitution clearly spells out that all appointments should have national spread to accommodate every section of the country.
According to him, a situation where two minsters are nominated from one state, the appointment should be spread across the state not in one local government area of that same state.
Mr Iliya-Shuaibu cited the case of two ministerial nominees from Bauchi State: former education minister Adamu Adamu and Maryam Katagum, saying that both of the two nominees hail from Katagum local government area of Bauchi state.
“Adamu Adamu, former Minister of Education and Maryam Katagum are both from Angwan Gabas in Azara of Katagum local government area of Bauchi state,” he disclosed.
He, therefore, urged the President to do the needful and address the anomaly for the country to move forward.
“It negates the spirit of the federal character in the constitution which is meant to be respected.
“If for any reason you are giving two slots for a particular state, you should equally be mindful of the same federal character because other local government areas in the same state are also looking for such opportunity,” Mr Iliya-Shuaibu advised.