By Lawrence Olaoye
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has debunked allegation of nepotism in the composition of government cabinet and appointments of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) for government corporations by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo made this clarification while fielding questions from new media newsmen in Lagos.
In the transcript made available by his Spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo in his response to allegation of nepotism against his boss said “Look at the cabinet, for example, from the point of view of the religion, it has an equal number – 18 Christians, 18 Muslims; but, we have the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as the Head of Service who are Christians. So we have 20 Christians to 18 Muslims; that’s the structure of the cabinet. So if you take that narrative you may argue that perhaps the Christian have the upper hand; that’s a possible narrative.
Let us look a little deeper into that, so there are those who may argue, for example, that the north has an upper hand or perhaps one section has an upper hand in the cabinet as one narrative. The South East, for example, has five states. Four of the South Eastern states have senior ministers; all of them, except one, who is Minister of State for Education.”
Responding to a remark that President had no choice in balancing appointment if cabinet members because it was constitutional, Osinbajo said “In assigning particular portfolios he does. In the north, seven northern states have no senior minister, including the President’s home state, Katsina. Now, there are those who will say, if you are nepotistic; surely seven northern states have no senior minister. It’s a narrative depending on how you want to run it.”