Afenifere, Ohanaeze Kick As North-West Gets Nine Senior Ministers

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    Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have criticised the allocation of ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari, with all nine ministers from the North – West receiving senior positions.

    Among the six geopolitical zones in the country , the North -West , which consists of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano , Katsina, Kebbi , Sokoto and Zamfara , had the highest number of ministers , all of which received senior portfolios .

    The President , who hails from Katsina State , also garnered the highest number of votes from the North -West .

    The nine cabinet members from the North -West include Suleiman Adamu ( Jigawa State ) , who was appointed Minister of Water Resources ; Zainab Ahmed ( Kaduna State ) , Minister of Finance ; Muhammad Mahmood ( Kaduna State ) , Minister of Environment; and Sabo Nanono ( Kano State ) , Minister of Agriculture and Development.

    Others are Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi ( Kano State) , Minister of Defence ; Hadi Sirika ( Katsina State) , Minister of Aviation; Abubakar Malami ( Kebbi State ) , Minister of Justice ; Maigarai Dingyadi ( Sokoto State) , Minister of Police Affairs; and Sadiya Umar Faruk ( Zamfara State ) , Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development .

    The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere , Mr Yinka Odumakin , said the appointment of the ministers was a reflection of alleged sectionalism on the part of the President .

    Odumakin said, “ That is next level of sectionalism, in your face , and incorrigibility .

    There have been complaints about all these things since the first term . Now , it has been done in super way. So, that is the next level . Welcome to the next level . ”

    The National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Uche Achi -Okpoga , said his group was not surprised by the development .

    He said, “ We are already used to the antics of the Presidency . We were not expecting anything less .

    We have a President that does not mince words . He stated it in his first tenure that he would not sacrifice those who gave him 97 per cent votes to those who gave him may be five per cent . So, why should we be surprised that he gave juicy and senior positions to his kinsmen ?”

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