Despite perceived lopsidedness in his appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised that under his watch, no section of the country would either be discriminated against or marginalised.
Buhari made the promise at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Katsina State, Dr. Farouk Farouk, where he was hosted to the breaking of the Ramadan fast, Iftar.
The President spoke at a time when he is under fire by groups from the southern part of the country over what they described as “lopsided” appointments of heads of the various security agencies in the country.
They said the pattern of the appointments by the President did not reflect federal character and the diverse nature of the country.
Fourteen of the nation’s 17 security agencies, majority of whom were appointed by Buhari, are currently being headed by northerners with only three security agencies headed by southerners.
But Buhari, who addressed his kinsmen in Hausa after the Iftar, said issues and situations would be considered objectively.
He said no action would be taken for or against any section of the country on the basis of prejudice.
“Under my watch, no section of the country would either be discriminated against or marginalised,” the President told his kinsmen who trooped out to welcome him.
He assured Nigerians that he would remain honest, fair and just in steering the ship of the country towards prosperity.
He called for support and understanding of Nigerians as he strived to rebuild the country fairly, honestly and responsibly.
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and the Emir took turn to note that with Buhari’s honesty and integrity, Nigeria was not only in safe hands but destined for prosperity.
They described the fight against corruption and the renewed focus on agriculture and solid minerals development as critical to the survival and development of the country.
Buhari who left Abuja for his home town, Daura, on Friday for a private visit is due back in Abuja on Monday.