The new Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, has said that his appointment, alongside other recent key appointees by President Muhammadu Buhari, was not made on the basis of either ethnicity, religion or geo-political zone as has been insinuated.
Lawal stated this on Monday at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after he was sworn in with the new National Security Adviser, retired Maj.- Gen Babagana Monguno, and the president’s Special Adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn in appointees, Lawal said that they were carefully considered worthy of their positions on the basis of merit and not parochial considerations.
He said: “We did not have to pass examination to get appointed into these positions.
“It was not because of our tribes, or our faiths, or our political groups that we were considered worthy for these positions.
“If it is such, I am sure none of us would have been considered worthy of these appointments.
“We appreciate the president and we appreciate God that he has blessed us with these privileged appointments.”
President Buhari who did not make any remarks at the event, especially vis-a-vis the controversy over his lopsided appointments, has recently come under intense criticism for appointing about 75 per cent of his key appointees from the northern part of the country where he comes from.