The reported appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari of the federal capital Territory’s logstanding Commissioner of police Bala Ciroma as acting chairman of Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) has been described as a continuation of the northernization agenda of the current administration of the hierarchies of the nation’s Security forces which offends section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution on the federal Character Principles.
HURIWA stated that the aforementioned constitutional provisions affirms as follows: “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.”
To HURIWA, this skewed appointments tilted towards favouring only HAUSA/FULANI NORTHERN MOSLEMS has has far reaching consequences on the unity and cohesion of the Country because those who have in the last five years dominated the entire internal security and law enforcement infrastructures who are only Hausa/FULANI Moslems have failed to discharge their duties professionally and periodically but have often favoured their primordial and mundane considerations which is the fundamental cause of the extensive breakdowns of laws and order all across Nigeria given that the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigerian Immigration Services, the Nigerian Prisons, the Nigerian Police and now the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are all drawn from just from one religion and one region of the Country.
“ Let it be clearly spelt out from on set that we in the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has nothing against the very distinguished and performance minded FCT’S COMMISSIONER of police in the person of Alhaji Ciroma Bala. HURIWA respects him as a thoroughbred Police officer.
This is because there is little doubt that he has performed to the best of his ability to police the Nation’s capital even with intermittent violent crises happening in the seat of power, but our position is that appointing another northerner to head the Economic and financial crime commission ( EFCC ) will make it look like all the top echelons of the security forces and law enforcement agencies must be mostly Northerners and Moslems.
This unconstitutional practice that has gone on since 2015 is illegal and absolutely intolerable. Nigerian security and law enforcement agencies must not be headed by mostly Northerners in a federation that is made up of a collection of diverse ethnic- religious communities. It is both unconstitutional and unethical to do do when there are three dominant Ethnic groups with over 300 other smaller nationalities and there are Moslems, Christians, African Traditional Religion Adherents, and Atheists in Nigeria but for five years the security of Nigeria has been in the hands of only Hausa/FULANI NORTHERN MOSLEMS and yet the entire far North has been in tumultuous armed terrorism and these same persons appointed to head the internal security infrastructures because they are Moslem Northerners have failed to safeguard Nigerians and the President seems rudderless and helpless to act apparently fearing a backlash from his Moslem constituency who do not own Nigeria. “.