A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency, Linus Okorie on Saturday expressed reservations over the appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari since assumption of office, insisting that the principle of federal character as enshrined in Section 14 (3l of the constitution has been violated.
Okorie, in a statement, urged President Buhari and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect the principle in the interest of peace and harmony in the country.
Section 14 (3) of the Constitution states that “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”
Okorie accused President Buhari and the APC of having violated the constitutional provision on all the appointments they have made since their assumption of leadership of the federal government on May 29 2015.
The lawmaker asserted that the principle of federal character enshrined in the nation’s constitution is now under threat in the current dispensation, recalling that the few appointments already made by Buhari do not reflect federal character.
He however advised that it would be in the best interest of the nation and its constitution if Buhari redresses the error in the course of subsequent appointments, and quickly too.