Yorubas In Europe Decry Jonathan’s Marginalization Of The South West!

The Association of Yorubas in Europe has expressed a strong disapproval of the marginalization of the Yorubas from the South West by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. In a statement made available to streetjournal.org, the association noted that Yorubas have been tactically relegated to the background in terms of appointments and positions by the present administration. Below is a text of the statement signed by Mr Wole Arisekola, the Association’s Chairman. The association called on the President to urgently address the issue and make amendments that will put the South West at par with other geo political zones.

“On the political scene, it is obvious that the South West geo political zone has been clearly marginalized. Though there have been cries of marginalization from different groups, the South West region, made up of the Yorubas has been systematically marginalized since the inception of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

As it stands, the North currently has the highest percentage in terms of appointments in the country. Every other region benefits immensely in terms of appointments at the expense of the Yoruba region, a clear contravention of the Federal Character principle clearly stated in Section 14(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 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 states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”

The large scale marginalization of the Yorubas is evident in all spheres, especially in the top hierarchy of political authority, in the economic and financial agencies as well as the judiciary and anti-corruption agencies. The North alone takes more than 50% of the key positions while the other regions share the rest. The South West unfortunately gets the smallest share. Below is a table of positions of authority in the country as well as the occupants and the zones they come from.

PARTIAL DOCUMENTATION OF THE EVIDENCE OF YORUBA MARGINALIZATION IN PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S ADMINISTRATION

  1. I. CONTROL OF THE APEX OF POLITICAL POWER

 

Constituting the apex of the political power structure in Nigeria today are the following:

 

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 The President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan South South
2 The Vice President Arc. Namadi Sambo North West
3 The Senate President David Mark North Central
4 The Speaker, House of Representatives Alh. Aminu Tambuwal North West
5 The Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Alooma Mukhtar North West
6 The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu South East
7 The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives Hon. Emeka Ihedioha South East
8 The Ag President Court of Appeal Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa North West
9 Secretary to the Govt. of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim South East
10 Chief of Staff to the President Chief Mike Oghiadomhe South South
11 National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki North West
12 Head of Service of the Federation Alh. I.B Sali North East

 

NOTE

Of the above 12 positions, there is no single Yoruba person.

 

  1. II. CONTROL OF THE PRINCIPAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AGENCIES

The key ministries, departments and agencies and those in control are as follows

 

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy Ngozi Okonjo Iweala South East
2 Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi North West
3 Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke South South
4 Chaiman, NNPC South South
5 GMD, NNPC Engr. Andrew Yakubu North West
6 Chairman, National Council on Privatization Alh. Namadi Sambo North West
7 Comptroller General of Customs Dr. Abdulahi Dikko-Inde North West
8 Chairman, Nigerian Ports Authority Chief Anthony Anenih South South
9 MD, Nigerian Ports Authority Mr. Habibu Abdullahi North West
10 Minister, National Planning Commission Dr. Shamsudeen Usman North West
11 DG, Bureau of Public Procurement Engr. Emeka Ezeh South East
12 DG, Budget Dr. Bright Okogu South East
13 Ag Comptroller General of Immigration Alh. Rilwan Musa North
14 Minister of Power Chinedu Osita Nebo South East
15 MD, PHCN Alh. Idris Mohammed North
16 Ag Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Service Alh. Kabiru Mashi North West
17 Chairman, Revenue Mobilization Allocation & Fiscal Commission Mr. Elias Mbam South East
18 DG, Bureau of Public Enterprises Vacant Vacant
19 Senior Sp. Assistant to the President on MDGs Dr. Mrs. Precious Gbeneoi South East
20 Accountant General of the Federation Mr. Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla South West
21 Auditor General of the Federation Mr. Samuel Ukura North Central
22 Minister of Niger Delta Peter Godsday Orubebe South South
23 MD, Niger Delta Dev. Commission (NDDC) Dr. Christian Oboh South South
24 Chairman, NDDC Dr. Tarilah Tebepah South South
25 Executive Secretary, Petroleum Tech. Dev. Fund (PTDF) Engr. Mustafa Rabe Darma North West
26 Chairman, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Alh. Ahmed Adamu Muazu North East
27 Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi South East
28 Minister of Aviation Mrs. Stella Oduah South South
29 MD, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Mr. George Uriesi South South
30 MD, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Engr. Victor Briggs South South
31 Minister of Works Arc. Mike Onolememen South South
32 Minister of Agriculture Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina South West
33 Minister of Water Resources Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe North Central
34 Chairman, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Engr. Jide Adeniji South West
35 Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Dr. Abdulraham Sambo North East
36 Corps Marshall & Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Osita Chiduka South East

 

NOTE

Of the 36 heads of the above major economic agencies of the Federal Government, only 3 are Yoruba, which equals about 8 percent. The person who could have been the fourth, the former DG of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mrs. Bola Onagoruwa, was unceremoniously retired late 2012 for unstated reasons.

 

  1. III. CONTROL OF THE JUDICIARY AND THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCIES

The key officials in control of these sectors are:

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Alooma Mukhtar North West
2 Ag President of the Court of Appeal Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa North West
3 Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Justice Ibrahim Auta North East
4 Chairman, Judicial Service Commission Justice Alooma Muktar North West
5 Chairman, National Judicial Council North West
6 Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Bello Adoke North Central
7 Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Lamorde North East
8 Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Prof. Okon Ekpo Nta South South
9 Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau Mr. Sam Saba North
10 Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade North East
11 Inspector Gen. of Police Alh. M.A. Abubakar North West

 

NOTE:

There is not a single Yoruba person heading any of the judicial arms of government or any of the other agencies involved in criminal investigation, prosecution and adjudication.

 

 

IV.    CONTROL OF THE EDUCATION MANAGEMENT AGENCIES

 

The principal agencies and those in control are:

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Minister of Education Prof Mrs. Ruquayat Ahmed Rufai North West
2 Chairman, National University Commission (NUC) Prof. S.A. Galadanci North West
3 Executive Secretary NUC Prof Okojie South South
4 Chairman, Joint Admissions & Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Sam Ukpabi South East
5 Registrar, JAMB Prof. Dibu Ojerinde South West
6 Chairman, West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Prof. Pius Ike Obayan South South
7 Registrar, WAEC Alhaja Bello North
8 Chairman, National Board for Technical Education Musa Abdullahi North
9 Executive Secretary, NBTE Dr. Masudu A. Kazaure North West
10 Chairman, National Commission for College of Education (NCCE) Dr. Kabiru Isyaku North
11 Executice Secretary, NCCE Prof. M.I. Junaid North West
12 Registrar, National Examinations Council (NECO) Prof. Promise Okpala South East
13 Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Vacant Vacant
14 Ag Executive Secretary, UBEC Prof. Charles Onocha South South
15 Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu North East
16 Registrar, National Business & Technical Education Board (NABTEB) Dr. Olatunde Aworanti South West
17 Executive Secretary, National Educational Research & Dev. Council Prof. Godswill Obioma South East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:

Of the above listed positions, there are only 2 from the South West, one of them, (the Registrar of NABTEB), being of relatively minor importance.

V.       CONTROL OF THE SECURITY SERVICES

The Security Services are led and controlled by the following:

 

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Chief of Defense Staff Adm. Ola Sa’ad Ibraahim North Central
2 Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika South East
3 Chief of Naval Staff Rear Adm. D.J Ezeoba South South
4 Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal A.S. Badeh North East
5 National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki North West
6 Inspector General of Police Alh. M.A. Abbakar North West
7 Director of State Security Service (SSS) Mr. Ita Ekpeyong South South
8 Minister of Defense Vacant Vacant
9 Chairman, Police Service Commission Mr. Parry B.O. Osayande South South
10 Commandant General- Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps Dr. Ade Abolurin South West

 

NOTE:

Of the above 10 key security positions, only one is occupied by a Yoruba person from the South West.

 

VI.          CONTROL OF THE BUREAUCRACY

 

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim South East
2 Head of Service of the Federation Mr. I.B. Sali North East
3 Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission Deaconess Joanna Olatoyosi Ayo South West
4 Chairman, Federal Character Commission Abdul-Rahaman North

 

 

VII.        CONTROL OF THE INFORMATION BROADCASTING AGENCIES

These are controlled as follows:

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 DG. Nigerian Television Authority Vacant Vacant
2 DG Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Barr. Yusuf Nuhu North
3 DG News Agency of Nigeria Mr. Franklin Nlerum South South

 

NOTE:

Despite the pioneering role of the Yoruba in the area of establishment and running of television and radio services in Nigeria, it is surprising that no Yoruba heads any of the above agencies.

 

VIII.        CONTROL OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC & ELECTIONS-RELATED AGENCIES

The relevant agencies and those in control are as follows:

 

S/NO OFFICE NAME GEOPOLITICAL ZONE
1 Chairman, National Population Commission Festus Odimegwu South East
2 Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mohammed Attahiru Jega North
3 Chairman, National Identity Management Commission Barr. Chris Onyemenam South East

 

NOTE:

The Yorubas are completely shut out of these sensitive agencies.

 

 

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