By Hassan Zaggi
Inspite of the hue and cry over the recent appointment of two northerners to occupy two topmost portfolio in the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in default of own rules, President Muhammadu Buhari has again violated the FCC rules in appointments at the newly established Nigeria Police Trust Fund.
In the board appointments announced Wednesday, President Buhari approved the appointment of retired Inspector-General of Police, Barrister Suleiman Abba, as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Fund and Ahmed Aliyu Solutions, another northerner as the Executive Secretary.
Other members of the Board as announced included: Mr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, representing Ministry of Police Affairs; Idris Abubakar, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), representing the Nigeria Police Force; Usman Bilkisu, representing the Ministry of Justice; Mr Ben Akabueze (DG, Budget and National Planning), representing the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Engr. Mansur Ahmed, representing Organised Labour, and Dr. Michael Bamidele Adebiyi, representing Civil Society Group.
Buhari said the appointments are in furtherance of his administration’s commitment and drive to retooling policing architecture in the country by emplacing the Police Trust Fund to meet the aspiration of a well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.
The President commended state governors, members of the National Assembly and Nigerians for their patriotic and spirited efforts at reforming Policing Architecture to deepen the country’s internal security.
Recall that just last week, Buhari appointed another northerner to replace a northerner as Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Voices raised against the lopsided appointments in favour of the northern parts of the country in fragrant violation of the Federal Character principle has not moved President Buhari to take steps to make amends, but has rather continued in the track of such constitutional breaches.