ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kali has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari appointed people from his kinsmen as service Chiefs.
Orji while speaking with newsmen in Abuja said although it is good to spread the service chiefs which he would like to bring a bill on it, but the previous Presidents set the precedent.
He added that Service Chiefs are like personal staff of the President not really constitutionally owned because you work with people you can trust.
Orji said, “It is good to also spread the service chiefs which I will like people in the Senate to bring a bill, so we can make a bill that every region must have a service chief but when you look at it service chiefs are like personal staff of the president, they are not really constitutionally owned because you only work with military men you trust. That is the truth whether you want to hear that or not.
“I can take you to memory lane on all those that have been heads of State, they just did the same thing the President is doing so there is nothing new. Who was President Obasanjo director of SSS? He was Col. Aare he was not from my Village, who was President Jonathan director of SSS? He was Ekpenyong he was not from my Village so everybody goes back to his region. He might not be the best but that is the trend because everybody wants to be in control of his security.
“So this why I see people shout they are marginalised sometimes these things are not real we should look for productive things that would be done by the Government. I don’t care about who is appointed. What I care about is what services are they giving for people to move about their businesses, for people to be secured for people to be saved, for armed robbers to stop harassing people, kidnappers to be tamed.
“I am not interested in this story that you think might be a joke. I was one day in a very long while may be one and half year ago. I was joking with the president, you know he jokes a lot you would wander this man who does not laugh. I was saying something before i joined the APC about three and a half years ago. We were joking and I said to Me. president we are marginalised, he said how? He said the previous Government had all your brothers who could have done what they supposed to do but they didn’t do what they supposed to do. He listed them, you had the secretary to the Federal Government,you had the minister of finance, minister of aviation, you had this you had that you had deputy Senate President, you had everything people who would have put projects in the budget and execute them. I was just looking.
“So you can see, whether you like it or not the president was partially right. You know me I don’t fear anybody, if the president is wrong I will tell him he is wrong. If he is right I will clamp hands for him. For me the eastern part of Nigeria has been neglected for a long time and now we have started to address the issue.
“The second Niger Bridge is coming on board. I can tell you from the seventies 1975, every administration has promised the easterners second Niger bridge and the benefit is not only for Easterners it is for the Nigerian people and every other person that came spoke big English and grammar and they did not do anything but President Buhari is implementing it right away.”
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