The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari, for appointing another Northerner as the Chief of Army Staff.
National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement titled ‘New Army Chief: We Are No Longer Shocked By Buhari’s Primitive Nepotism’ said that the President’s refusal to appoint a COAS from the South East is enough sign that he does not believe in the unity of the country.
President Buhari on Thursday appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff following the tragic death of the former COAS, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash last Friday.
The statement read: “The shameless, nepotistic decision of President Buhari to continue in the illegal and unconstitutional abuses of appointing only Hausa/Fulani citizens into juicy Internal Security positions in breach of the Nigerian Constitutional provision of Federal Character is despicable, reprehensible and totally toxic.”
“Buhari’s refusal to appoint an officer from the South-East of Nigeria as the Army Chief of Staff even when he is the most senior of the Major Generals further solidify his notoriety as someone who does not believe in one Nigeria.”