Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has expressed his disapproval of appointing the chairmen of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) from the same geopolitical zone.
Falana believes that appointing the chairmen from the same zone goes against the federal character principle. This principle ensures that appointments in federal agencies are distributed fairly among the different regions of Nigeria.
The federal character principle promotes inclusivity and prevents any one region from dominating key positions in the government. It ensures that all regions have a fair chance to participate in decision-making processes and contribute to the development of the country.
Falana is concerned that appointing both chairmen from the same zone could lead to a concentration of power and influence in that particular region. This could potentially undermine the principles of fairness and equal representation.
Diversity in leadership is important because it brings different perspectives and experiences to the table. When people from different regions and backgrounds are involved in decision-making, it helps to ensure that the interests of all Nigerians are taken into account.
Falana suggests that the appointment of the EFCC and ICPC chairmen should be done in a way that reflects the diversity of Nigeria. This means considering candidates from different zones and selecting the most qualified individuals for the positions.
While diversity is important, it is equally crucial to prioritize merit when making appointments. The chairmen of these anti-graft agencies should have the necessary qualifications, experience, and integrity to effectively carry out their duties.
Falana’s criticism highlights the need for fair and inclusive appointments in key government positions. By adhering to the federal character principle and considering candidates from different zones, Nigeria can ensure that its anti-corruption agencies are led by capable individuals who represent the interests of all Nigerians.