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Nepotism Accusation: Presidency Blasts Junaid, Accuses Him of “Bad Belle”

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The Presidency took a swipe at Dr. Mohammed Junaid criticism of President

Mohammadu Buhari, accusing him of “bad belle” in a rejoinder signed by

Chief Okoi Obono-obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution.

Junaid, a vocal Northern leader had accused President Buhari of nepotism

in an interview with The Punch Newspapers weekend.
Obono-Obla said there was nothing wrong for the President appointing

anyone of his choice regardless of family ties, drawing comparison with

President John Kennedy who appointed his immediate brother, Robert

His rejoinder reads:
I have read the wild allegation of nepotism levelled against President

Muhammadu Buhari by Dr Jinadu Mohammed in an interview he granted   Punch

Newspaper edition of Saturday the 23 July 2016 ; and I truly think that

the allegation is indeed baseless and hogwash.
It is unfortunate and a huge disappointment that such frivolous

histrionics and diatribe could come from the mouth of a supposedly elder,

learned person and Statesman like Dr. Jinuadu Mohammed. For the purpose of

this write up, I will not delved into other acerbic allegations levelled

by Dr Mohammed against President Buhari but try to  restrict myself to

that bothering on nepotism.
It is illogical for Jinadu Mohammed to suggest that Amina Zakaria , the

INEC National Commissioner was appointed by Buhari . She was appointed by.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan. I did not believe that it was Buhari

who gave her name to former President Jonathan because at the time she was

appointed President Buhari was a leading Opposition in the country. Mamman

Daura is not holding any government position. Therefore making a heavy

weather of the appointment of certain people who Jinadu Mohammed perceived

to be related to Mamman Daura is unfortunate and unfair!  I do not

honestly anything morally or constitutionally wrong or improper for

President Buhari appointing relations of  Mamman Daura! Are they not

Is Jinadu Mohammed suggesting that President Buhari should cut off from

his relatives such as Mamman Daura because he is President! The Minister

of Water Resources, Adamu Suleiman, I know very well and  has been close

to President  Buhari since 2003 when he entered politics. Suleiman Adamu

has always work assiduously to promote the  candidacy of President Buhari

in all the elections he had contested . He was the Vice Chairman of the

defunct CPC for North West. He is a competent, experienced  and well

educated engineer who deserve to be appointed Minister in his own Right .

He was never appointed Minister because of the reasons suggested by Jinadu

Mohammed. Conversely, is there anything wrong with the appointment of the

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello? Is Jinadu

Mohammed, suggesting that the father of the Minister is purportedly of

President Buhari's friend he should be appointed ; even though he is

eminently Qualified for such an appointment! This is strange and

illogical!  In the United States of America, President John Kennedy

appointed his immediate brother, Robert Kennedy and heavens did not fall.

There is nothing constitutionally, administratively, morally restraining a

President from appointing a person related with him by blood in so far as

that person is eligible!
The positions mentioned by Jinadu Mohammed such as Director of Protocol

(SCOOP) ; ADC ( Colonel Abubakar) and Personal Assistant (Sabiu Yusuf) ,

he alleged are occupied by Buhari's relations are not political

appointments but inconsequential administrative and personal positions

that Buhari reserve the prerogative to appoint people of his choice .

Jinadu Mohammed has also not told us how the Minister from Kaduna's

relationship with Governor Nasir El Rufai dis entitles her from being

appointed as Minister. In any case, Governor El Rufai is not President

Buhari 's relation; so how does the charge of nepotism come in!

The outbursts of Jinadu Mohammed is therefore in the realm of an emotional

outburst, sour grapes  and bad belle. When will Dr Mohammed see anything

good in another person! The other day, he thoroughly  ridiculed and abused

Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation

and Minister and wrongly and inappropriately  dismissed  him as a ” charge

and bail” lawyer ! Can you imagine! In most African cultures, it is wrong

and inappropriate for an elderly person like Dr Mohammed to abuse a

younger such as Abubakar Malami,SAN in such a vitriolic manner in the

guise of being a public critic!
Okoi Obono-Obla
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