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Ethnic politics, dangerous for Nigerian devt — Yar’Adua

By Daniel Idonor

Abuja – Barely  24 hours after the Presidency dispensed with rumours of Northernisation of the nation’s banking sector as alleged by some southerners, Nigerian ethnic politics yesterday shifted to the North when the region accused the Federal Government of attempt to ‘Southernise’ the Federal Civil Service.

As expected, like in the case of the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN) when the Presidency defended the ongoing reform initiated by the Governor of the apex bank, Sanusi Lamido, the Presidency again rose to the occasion when it described the claim by Northerners as cheap ethnic politics, also in defence of the reform initiated by Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye.

Presidential Spokesman, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi who fielded questions from State House Correspondents on continuous linkage and attachment of every public policy to ethnicity stated that the resurfacing of ethnic politics in the nation’s polity was a dangerous trend in the country’s development that every well-meaning Nigerian must be wary of at all times.

The primary purpose for introducing the tenure system, he noted, is to institute due process in the appointment of Directors and Permanent Secretaries, arrest the succession crisis in the Service, create vacancies, reinvigorate the system, and boost the morale of qualified and deserving officers.

Mr Adeniyi who was visibly uncomfortable with the emergence of ethnic politics in Nigeria wondered why the “introduction of tenure for Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the Federal Civil Service” should be a thing of apprehension when the exercise “is already boosting morale within the system.”

He was particularly saddened by deliberate attempts in some quarters “to misrepresent the facts contained in the approval granted by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua”; stating that “What is particularly unfortunate is the recourse to ethnicity whenever some interests are affected by crucial decisions taken in promotion of national well-being.”


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