President Muhammadu Buhari made it blatantly obvious that he had no issues spinning some kind of leaders into his cabinet.
Apparently, his leaders are either too hard to engage or he they are projecting some sinister agenda to the public.
This nation wasn’t founded by a bunch of ‘yes men’.
Ahmadu Bello, Sarduana of Sokoto, Awolowo, Diete Spiff, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Jaja Wachuku, Chief S.A Ajayi and many others were not ‘yes men’.
The only thing is that the public can see right through their attempts to misinform.
Plenty of people in this country can still think for themselves. Others who were once blind can now see.
Local and international leaders are increasingly wary of the President Buhari’s leadership style.
The latest international swipe is coming from Tom Marino, who doubles as the chairman of USA’s Committee on the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Marino has written an official letter to US department of State and we should not take it lightly.
Here are excerpts of the letter: “There are a number of warning signs emerging in the Buhari administration that signal the man who once led Nigeria as a military dictator might be sliding towards former autocratic tendencies.
“The U.S. should withhold security assistance to the Nigeria for the time being.
“This should happen until President Buhari demonstrates a commitment to inclusive government.
“He must also demonstrate the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech.
“A logical start towards this commitment is for the Nigerian government to hold accountable those complicit in extra-judicial [neutralization] and war crimes.
“In the last six months, Nigeria’s military has unlawfully [neutralized] at least 350 people.
“They have allowed more than 168 people, including babies and children, to die in military detention.
“The Secretary to the Government of Kaduna State even admitted to burying 347 of those [neutralized] in a mass grave.
“And while President Buhari promised swift condemnation, his words rang empty.
“Instead of swift reforms, Buhari reinstated Major General Ahmadu Mohammed who Amnesty International revealed was in charge of the Nigerian military unit that [neutralized] more than 640 unarmed, former detainees.
“In separate incidents concerning the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Nigerian Army has [neutralized] at least 36.
“The real number is likely higher.
“Of President Buhari’s 122 appointees, 77 are from the north and control many of the key ministries and positions of power.
“Distrust is already high in Nigeria and favoring Northerners for key appointments has only antagonized the issue.
“These appointments are also primarily Muslim from the core north, adding a religious aspect to long-held regional biases.
“Of additional concern is President Buhari’s selective anti-corruption drive.
“Politicizing his anti-corruption efforts has only reinforced hostility among southerners.
“The State Department should urge President Buhari to form a government that represents the diversity of its citizens and allows dissenting voices to be heard.
“Democracy can thrive only if people are free to assemble, to express their beliefs, and voice their concerns,” the letter read.