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Political Scientist Tasks Tinubu on Sustainable Institutional Framework, Balanced Appointments

By Stephen Adeleye

Lokoja, May 26, 2024

A Political Scientist, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to deliberately put sustainable institutional framework in place that would outlive him in office.

Usman gave the advice in an interview with our Correspondent in Lokoja, as part of activities to mark Tinubu’s One in office as Nigeria’s President.

Tinubu would be marking his one year anniversary in office on May 29, as President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Usman urged Tinubu to follow the footsteps of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who through Institutional framework established Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), PENCOM, among others.

He commended Tinubu on the recent establishment of the Renewed Hope Housing scheme, Students Loan scheme as well as other related welfare packages that would make Nigerians to fill the impact of governance.

He added that the former President Obasanjo was able to balance key appointment positions that were spread across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria for equity, fairness and justice.

The analyst, therefore implored the President Tinubu to immediately address the issue of human capital development, equity, fairness and justice especially in the area of key appointment positions.

“I think some of the key appointments made by President Tinubu so far are lopsided and not balanced which has a semblance of former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“As a strategist, I am of the opinion that President Tinubu should have favoured the northern part of the country in key appointment positions more than he is currently doing because the bulk of his votes came from the north.

“I urge the President to review those key ministerial appointments and ensure fairness to reflect the principles of federal character, and in all his subsequent appointments.

“President Tinubu received massive support from the north and I believe he should reciprocate the gesture by also giving them some sensitive positions to balance the appointment without discrimination,” he said.

Speaking on the fight against corruption, the analyst urged Tinubu’s administration to be cautious in its fight against corruption because of the conflicting political interests of some elements in the Presidency.

He noted that many past governors with corruption cases were still working freely in the society without intimidation or harassment of any kind, urging the President to intervene in the political vendetta against former Governor Yahaya Bello.

According to him, the way some people are trying to push the President against the former Governor Yahaya Bello is an indication of waging their personal vendetta against the former governor.

He, therefore urged the President to wade in and intervene on Bello’s issue to douse the needless tension, so that the President could still maintain his political grip and influence in the North central.

The analyst expressed his fears of oppositions forming a strong Mega party towards the 2027 general elections to take advantage of the current economic hardships facing Nigerians.

He emphasised the need for Tinubu’s administration to urgently reverse the hardships trend so that the people could begin to enjoy the real benefits of good governance before the end of 2025.

“I believe President Tinubu still have the next one year to change the wrong perspective of Nigerians about his administration due to the present economic hardships.

“We voted for this government and we love it to continue, but the government must do the right thing. Because if the mega party is formed by the oppositions, people will go for the alternative.

“I can tell you if a mega party is formed today, the ruling party will lose a lot of membership if all the issues I have mentioned are not addressed very carefully,” he said.

Usman, however appealed to Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s administration and have faith in the Renewed Hope agenda, assuring that the ongoing efforts would eventually yield the desired results.

“President Tinubu inherited these problems and were not caused by him, but I can assure you that he is doing his best to make the situation better for the benefits of the common man.

“I believe the assessment of President Tinubu’s first year in office is ‘fair’, not good or bad, considering the daunting challenges he met on ground.

“But I know President Tinubu has the ability to always assemble best brains to get things done, he is putting solid structures on ground. We urge the people to be patient with his administration,” he said.


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