Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken his silence on his appointments, which many Nigerians have considered to be “lopsided”.
Speaking during an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, President Buhari said the Constitution allowed him full prerogative over the choice of his closest officials.
He guaranteed that he was not ignoring some section of his society in his appointments, maintaining that those he appointed were some of his most trusted associates.
Replying questions thrown at him about the controversy generated by the appointments, Buhari said “This is the nature of Nigerian politics”.
He continued, “If they will do justice to me, as an elected Nigerian president, let them look at the Constitution a Nigerian president works with, there are people who will closely work with me that don’t need to be taken to the Senate.
“If I select people whom I know quite well in my political party, whom we came all the way right from the APP, CPC and APC, and have remained together in good or bad situation, the people I have confidence in and I can trust them with any post, will that amount to anything wrong?
“I have been with them throughout our trying times, what then is the reward of such dedication and suffering?
“They did not defect because of positions, they did not involve themselves in the pursuit of personal gains, and they accepted their fate throughout our trying moments.
“What is wrong if I make you the secretary (of the federal government) because I have confidence that things will go normal?”