A group, Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused the military administrator of old Kaduna State, retired Colonel Dangiwa Umar of falling for the antics of purveyors of fake news on the issue of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement today, June 1, the group’s Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said that in appointing Nigerians since 2015, the President has been taking deliberate and necessary steps to achieve regional and ethnic balance.
“We are surprised that a respectable Nigerian of the calibre of the former military administrator of the old Kaduna state, Colonel Dangiwa Umar (Rtd)could fall for the antics of purveyors of fake news bent on painting the President bad.
“These slimy characters are the same people who were part of a scheme cooked up by a British firm Cambridge Analytical, which was confirmed to have been paid £2m by an unnamed billionaire sympathetic to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the run-up to the 2015 Presidential election to, among other things, present the then-candidate Muhammadu Buhari as a sectional leader.
“Of course that move failed and even after the election, Nigerians saw how opposition elements readily made unverified claims about political appointments, aside from pushing the rest of the Cambridge Analytical game plan which included questioning the President’s educational credentials.
“We want to refer Nigerians to an investigative piece by an online publication, ‘The Interview’ on all political appointments in the first term of the Buhari administration, which exposed the lies that the North was favoured to the detriment of the South.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the piece which focused on all political appointees including heads of parastatals and Presidential aides showed that the North had a 51% share of appointments in MDAs to the South’s 49% while 52.4% of Presidential aides were from the South compared to 47.6% from the North.”