May 21, 2024

The House of Representatives is initiating an investigation into appointments made during the tenure of former President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.). The Reps have requested a report from the Federal Character Commission on appointments in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies from 2015 to 2023. Critics accused Buhari of alleged lopsidedness in appointments, contrary to the federal character principle, but he defended his choices. The investigation aims to promote national cohesion and equal opportunities, addressing concerns of perceived dominance in various sectors by a specific region.

The lawmaker asserted that there is a “clash of interests” among the commissioners at the Federal Character Commission. He stated that the commission has neglected its constitutional responsibilities, devolving into personal conflicts among its members. The House approved the motion by a voice vote and decided to establish an ad hoc committee. This committee will request the commission to submit information on appointments made by ministries, departments, and agencies under its jurisdiction from 2015 to 2023. Section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution mandates government agencies to uphold the federal character principle, ensuring national unity and preventing dominance by specific states or ethnic groups.

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