Following yesterday’s controversial appointments, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has come forth to defend his principal.Adesina, who spoke on RayPower’s flagship programme in Abuja, explained that those criticizing his principal for appointing mostly northerners into his government to first look at how qualified those appointed are for such positions while adding that it is the President’s prerogative to appoint whoever he pleases into his government.“The personal merit of each person that has been appointed. You cannot run away from the fact that each person appointed merits the position. They are qualified!
“I believe that at the end of it all, there is going to be a balance.
“These are still early days in the appointments he is going to make. At the end of it all, I believe we are going to have a balance,” he stated.
Responding to the need for Buhari to make appointments bearing in mind that Nigerians of northern extraction are already leading the legislature and the judiciary, Adesina said: “Let’s not forget that some of those were by elections, some were statutorily the next person in rank. There is nothing the president can do about that. If it’s by election, what will he do about it? Because he doesn’t control the election; the National Assembly came by election.”
“For the ones he can control, there are still so many ahead,” he said stressing that any position can be key depending on the way the person appointed into the position “applies himself to that position.”