EDWIN CLARK ACCUSES BUHARI OF NEPOTISM, ETHNICITY OVER REPLACEMENT OF DAKUKU WITH A NORTHERNER AS NIMASA DG, OTHERS
Former Nigeria Minister for Information and leader in South South, Chief Edwin K. Clark has raised concerns over the poor manner President Muhammadu Buhari is running the affairs of the country.
In an open letter to President Buhari on the sidelines of this year’s Democracy Day Celebration, E.K Clark said the replacement of Dakuku Peterside with a Northerner, Mr. Bashir Jamoh as Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was a clear case of nepotism and promotion of ethnic jingoism.
He also expressed worries over the removal of the former Chief Justice of the Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghan, NPA and other appointments that he believes were taken away from indigenes of the South South Region and given to Northerners and accused the President of being unjust.
Parts of the letter read in parts as follows:
“Another worrisome appointment by Mr. President is that of the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside from Rivers State was appointed DG of the Agency, in 2016, his term expired this year, he was not reappointed.
Unknown to and without the input of the Minister of Transportation, under whose charge the Agency operates, Mr. President appointed a Northerner, Bashir Jamoh from Kaduna State, who was an Executive Director at the Agency, to replace Dr. Dakuku Peterside. Mr. Bashir Jamoh is reportedly a father-in-law to one of your aides.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, also from Kaduna State was reappointed for another four years.
The two agencies, NPA and NIMASA, are Parastatals under the same Federal Ministry of Transportation.
Hadiza Bala Usman of NPA, from Kaduna State was reappointed for another four years, whereas Dakuku Peterside from Rivers State was not reappointed. Worst still, replaced with a Northerner. What could be the logic behind this”?