Joining her voice to the calls of Nigerian elites and the masses, Oby Ezekwesili, Co-founder of Transparency International has warned the president of fanning the chaos in the country with his tribalistic tendencies.
Ezekwesili was one of Buhari’s strong supporters during the 2015 general elections.
The president made a divisive statement with his most recent NNPC appointments which was as lopsided as the previous ones since he took over office.
Some top Nigerian personalities have accused the presidency of nepotism and tribalism. They have called out to the Nigerian president to amend the appointments but to no avail. President Buhari has displayed a worrisome attitude of indifference in all ethnic conflicts that has come up in his reign.
Following this is the controversial military show of force in the Southeast.
It is a fact that some Buhari supporters are disappointed with the downward trend of the economy. In the same way, his silence and inaction in the recent tussle between the IPOB and the military is increasing the tension in the country.
His silence is feeding agitations not only from the Southeast but also from various sections of the country. Nigeria currently lacks unity of purpose which the president has the power to re-direct.
Ezekwesili who was a prominent face in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign has joined the rising number of Buhari-supporters and non-supporters to call on the government to retrace the onesided leadership style.
“The leader of a country cannot be friends only of those he/she likes. No. That is not leadership. The leader builds up groups. Not divide. You cannot lead only those that worship and swear by you. You are the leader. You must carry the burden even of those that detest you.”
“It is the lowest form of churlishness that is unbecoming of a leader to send signals that you dislike anyone of the groups you lead. A leader is a winner. When a winner acts like a loser, things go wrong in their kingdom. Real leaders build a bond with all their people.”
“Worst is when a leader makes enemies of most because he abhors the action of one or a few. That is not leadership! That is ethnic prejudice. A real leader does not suffer from the destructive disease of ethnic prejudice. It endangers his/her people and real leaders cannot bear such.”
In the same vein Reno Omokri, former President Jonathan’s aide also blamed the presidency for escalating the IPOB’s struggle for secession.
He has urged the traditional and political advisers of the president to heed the call of the people and persuade the president to toe the line of justice in his administration.
“Look at the NNPC, if you give a balanced appointment – look at the security chiefs are overwhelmingly from the north and you are part of the north. If you had done equity, you would have just won the hearts and minds of people from the south-east. They are agitating for Biafra because they feel they are not well treated by the current Nigerian government.”