Hey there, middle schoolers! We have some news for you. Some young people from the northern part of Nigeria are speaking out about the appointments made by President Bola Tinubu. They are worried that these appointments might be biased, just like the ones made by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.
The group of young people, called the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), admitted that they don’t have the right to complain about Tinubu’s appointments being unfair to northerners. But they still think it’s important to talk about it and make sure the country doesn’t keep making the same mistakes.
Some leaders from the northern part of Nigeria have criticized President Tinubu for allegedly favoring the south in his choice of appointees. They say that he has appointed more Southern Christians to important positions while ignoring northerners who helped him gain power.
The National President of NYLF, Elliot Afiyo, spoke to the press in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, and said that Tinubu is continuing the trend of unfair appointments that started with Buhari.
Afiyo explained that from 2015 to 2023, Buhari created a gap in appointments where 80 percent of the positions went to the north and only 20 percent went to the south. He urged Tinubu not to follow in Buhari’s footsteps because the country needs to change.
No, it’s not. Afiyo pointed out that previous Nigerian leaders have also made biased appointments, favoring their own regions over others. He mentioned that former President Olusegun Obasanjo tried to fix this when he came to power in 1999.
But unfortunately, Buhari came along and widened the gap again. Afiyo believes that even the appointments made by President Tinubu seem to be leaning towards the South West, which is causing concern.
The youth leader made it clear that northerners don’t have the right to complain about the appointments being unfair. However, he believes that as responsible citizens, they should question whether this is the right path for the country.
He asked, “Can we continue like this? Where are we going as a nation?” Afiyo thinks that there needs to be a balance in appointments to ensure fairness for all regions of Nigeria.
So, there you have it, middle schoolers. Some young people from the northern part of Nigeria are speaking up about appointments they think are unfair. They want to make sure that everyone in the country gets a fair chance. Let’s hope their voices are heard!