Monday, 5 March 2018

Osinbajo says Buhari gave Christians more juicy appointments, Fani-Kayode trashes him

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister on Monday lambasted Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo for saying Christians and Southerners are the greatest beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, the Vice President insisted that Christians got more juicy appointments under Buhari’s government.




The vice president said that the membership of Buhari’s cabinet comprised 18 Christians and 18 Muslims.

However, he pointed out that the two biggest appointments in government – the post of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation are being held by Christians.

The vice president said apart from assigning three huge portfolios to a single minister from the Southwest (Power, Works and Housing), Buhari also assigned two other sensitive portfolios (Communications and Finance) to ministers from the zone.

He said although the constitution requires that each state must have a minister in the federal cabinet, the president has a choice in assigning portfolios.

He said: “Look at the cabinet, for example, from the point of view of the religion, it has an equal number: 18 Christians, 18 Muslims; but, we have the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as the Head of Service who are Christians. So, we have 20 Christians to 18 Muslims; that’s the structure of the cabinet. So, if you take that narrative you may argue that perhaps the Christian have the upper hand; that’s a possible narrative.

“Let us look a little deeper into that … The South East, for example, has five states. Four of the South Eastern states have senior ministers; all of them, except one, who is Minister of State for Education.

“In assigning particular portfolios he does (have a choice). In the north, seven northern states have no senior minister, including the President’s home state, Katsina.

“Now, there are those who will say, if you are nepotistic; surely seven northern states have no senior minister. It’s a narrative depending on how you want to run it.

“I give you another example; I’m from the South West. There are people who will say “I am from the South West, the North has everything.” The South West, for the first time in the history of this country, has one Minister who is in charge of three ministries: Power, Works and Housing. The Ministers of Finance & Communications are also from the South West. These are critical ministries. You can run the narrative in whichever way that you choose.

“There are those who will say, for instance, look at the number of CEOs of agencies of government; the highest number of CEOs in our nation today comes from OgunState, the state has the largest number. There are those who will say that’s his state (i.e VP’S State). So you can run the narrative depending on how you want to run it.

“The president has admitted that, yes there are situations where you can find certain things as true and he intends to have a look at that. For example, you’ve given the example of security positions and he said he is going to take a look at look at it.

“I believe that is the way to go because you can run any narrative that will suit the figures you are showing. There are people who don’t know that the number of CEOs from Anambra State is more than the number of CEOs from Katsina State or anywhere else, except Ogun.”

But reacting to the statement, Fani-Kayode said Osinbajo’s remark is like, “saying human beings are the greatest beneficiaries of hell.”

In a series of tweets, the former Minister stressed that Osinbajo is under the curse of Aso Rock.

Fani-Kayode wrote: “Christians and southerners are the greatest beneficiaries of Buhari’s govt.-VP Osinbajo.

“Surely even the madness of blind fanaticism and misplaced loyalty has its limits. If there is a need to provide any further evidence to prove that the Villa curse is real, this is it!

“Saying southerners and Christians are the greatest beneficiaries of Buhari’s government is like saying human beings are the greatest beneficiaries of hell.

“The truth is that Nigeria is as much of a paradise for southerners and Christians as hell is for damned and lost souls.”




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