Festus Keyamo – In what appears to be yet another one of his perhaps frantic but nonetheless usually annoying utterances in the estimation of not a few Nigerians, former fiery human rights activist and social crusader turned politician and presently Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, has once again lashed out at Nigerians for a development he termed “sad”.
The fiery critic and lawyer took to his tweeter handle (@fkeyamo) to chide Nigerians in a tweet he published on Wednesday 13th May, 2020 saying:
“It is quite sad that we have pushed ourselves to the point in this country that when any public appointment is announced, most Nigerians would first research the tribe of the appointee before they research his academic qualifications and competence for the job!”
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha had at the Federal Executive Council meeting in the Presidential Villa announced the appointment of Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. Expectedly, the appointment had attracted a lot of comments from Nigerians in support or against President Buhari’s choice of Ibrahim Gambari as his new CoS.
Keyamo’s response was expectedly perceived of as a lashing against those not in favour or critical of his principal’s choice of the new CoS some of whom questioned the ethnic, religious and track record of the appointee in the person of Ibrahim Gambari and his many affiliations to President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, not a few Nigerians variously reacted Keyamo’s tweet. In his response, Engr. Joe (@engrjoee) said: “As a lawyer, I expect you to know about “federal character”. You are crossing the line with this party partisanship. What has happened to you?”
On his part, Mazi @FestusGreen replied: “Nigeria does not belong to any one ethnicity. We’re all a part of this country, no one ethnicity should be favoured to clinch top political power & appointments. Besides, these were your stock in trade. APC & Buhari has divided Nigeria even more than the civil war. Rest Please!”
And yet another tweeter user Max Ndifon @maxndifon in his response said: “No wonder we have made so much progress with the one sided appointments of Buhari. There are no qualified people in other regions to hold sensitive position in Buhari regime. Just fulanis. We thank you”
However, others were in agreement with the Minister’s lash, Anas zurmi @zurmacious_jr for example noted: “It’s only unfortunate people that go on with that tribalism research, a true Nigeria always welcome any individual irrespective of his region or tribal backgrounds as long as he can deliver from expectation.”