The National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the federal character as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution was strictly adhered to.
According to Okorie, this would guarantee balanced appointments among the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria and address the lopsided appointment in previous administrations.
The UPP National Chairman made this call in a statement on Friday.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has his job already cut out for him. What he has to do that he didn’t do before is to have balanced appointments. Not only for ministerial but for departments and agencies. The federal character as enshrined in our Constitution ought to be addressed to the letter. He didn’t do that before and that tended to bring a lot of bad blood. Nobody can defend him on that; not even his strongest supporters.
“I would want him to address that immediately as this new government is taken place. That would help to douse tension.
“On infrastructure development, he should go ahead and complete all the abandoned projects left by the last administration. Before he came to office, Nigeria was littered with abandoned projects here and there.
“Even if you give him three terms, it may not be enough to complete the projects abandoned. Instead of initiating new projects, he should just concentrate and complete the abandoned ones. And It is very patriotic of him to use the same contractors that his predecessor used, but only insisting that the right quality of job be done.”