Sen. Eta Enang, Senior Special
Assistant (SSA) to the President on
National Assembly Matters
(Senate), has said that the claim by
some Nigerians of lopsided
federal appointments in the
country was untrue.
Enang made the remark on Wednesday, July 6,
in Abuja at a reception organised by Akwa-
Cross Association in the Public Service.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari
followed strictly the principles of Federal
Character in all federal appointments.
He said: “He (Buhari) has given us the Chief of
Naval Staff, a very high ranking officer in the
Federal Security Council.
“He has given us the minister of Budget and
then, my humble self as the Senior Special
Assistant on National Assembly Matters. He
has also given us the minister of Niger Delta
“In the entire South-South region, he gave us
Minister of Transportation in charge of about
three ministries merged together. He also
gave us the Minister of Petroleum.
“When I see people trying to incite others
against the president over matters of
appointment, I conclude that they are being
“That is why we gathered here today to
appraise the appointments and to appreciate
the president,’’ he said.
Enang said that despite the president’s tight
schedule, he had visited some states in the
South-South to commission projects.
He added that President Buhari had visited
Cross River State to inaugurate construction of
the international super highway from Cross
River to Cameroon and other countries in West
and Central Africa.
“President Buhari also provided N6 billion to
dualise the road from Calabar to Itu, enroute
Ikot Ekpene, to Aba in Abia State.
“Also, contracts for Calabar-Lagos rail project
which will take off from Calabar enroute Aba,
has been signed,’’ he said.
On alleged lopsidedness in the ambassadorial
list recently submitted to the Senate for
confirmation, Enang said the issue was being
Also speaking, the Head of Civil Service of the
Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, said that
insinuations that the president unduly
favoured a section of the country in
appointments were wrong.
She said that the appointments so far made by
the president were based on merit and
“President Buhari allows competence and
merit to be brought to the fore in his
appointments and we are very happy about
“A door way has been opened for
appointments based on merit. If it could
happen to me, it could equally happen to
“As civil servants, go ahead, do the best you
can. When you continue to put in your best;
you excel on your jobs and duties. You may
not know who is taking note of you.
“At a point in time in the future, somebody
would single you out and you would wonder
who recommended you.
“So, let us continue to excel and practice the
fear of God,’’ she said.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani
Uguru, said that appointments were not made
on the basis of region as believed by some
Nigerians but based on number of states in the
“The North has 19 states and federal character
has provisions for states and not regions.
“Therefore, until we carry out that analysis,
there would be no authentication to claims
that the North is being favoured in terms of
appointments than the South.
“Nigeria is not configured on the basis of
North and South; it is configured on the basis
of states as entrenched in the constitution.’’
Uguru also debunked claims that attacks on oil
facilities carried out by the Niger Delta
Avengers were as a result of lopsided
“We are continually engaging the youths in
various ways and participating in other
activities to assuage the situation.
“We are persistent in persuasion, advising
government and following up on the
programmes that should be of productive
engagement to the youths,’’ he said
The Chairman of Akwa-Cross Association in the
Public Service, Mr Edem Bassey, said that the
essence of the gathering was to honour
Nigerians from the South-South, who were
recently appointed by President Buhari.