Federal Character: Southeast Senators Kick Against Buhari’s Appointments

South East Senators have protested what they described as the continued lopsided appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since the inception of his administration.

 The protest which resulted in a rowdy plenary session followed a communication from President Buhari seeking the Senate’s confirmation of nominees as members of the governing board of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency.

The letter which was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki was immediately challenged by his deputy, Ike Ikweremadu, who insisted that the nomination lacks the principle of federal character as provided in the constitution.

Senators Mao Ohuabunwa, Chukwuka Utazi, Obinna Ogbaalso spoke out against the marginalization of the South East in such appointments.

In his ruling, Senate President Bukola Saraki mandated the committee on Federal Character to carry out a holistic investigation into the entire appointment made by President Buhari and report back to plenary next week Tuesday.

Saraki, however, urged the committee on FERMA to go ahead with the screening of the nominees, pending the outcome of the report of the committee.

The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde Lemo was appointed by Buhari as the chairman of FERMA.

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