Adesina was reacting to the criticisms that the appointments on Thursday, of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Staff as well as those of the Comptroller-Generals of the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service were skewed in favour of the north.
“The establishment of the investigative committee is in keeping with President Buhari’s determination to stamp out corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s public service”, the spokesman said.
A human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has faulted the anger that trailed the recent government appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The appointments have sparked anger across the land, with some critics now referring to Buhari as Nigeria’s most provincial leader ever.
It will be recalled that Buhari has since his inauguration in May appointed his aides and other senior government officers from the north of the country, negating the federal character principle in the Nigerian constitution.
Anti-corruption groups such as Transparency global say spending by the Nigerian armed forces is opaque and soldiers have complained of being under paid, poorly equipped and overstretched.
The probe will “investigate allegations of non-adherence to correct equipment procurement procedures and the exclusion of relevant logistics branches” when previous administrations secured weapons, Adesina said. “It is in this light, that l call on Mr President to take another look at the appointment of a military man to head the Customs”.
He condemned the uproar that greeted the appointments, saying that all sections of the country should be happy with whatever position the president deems fit to offer their kinsmen.
The governor explained that immediately after his assumption of office, he started to tow the line of President Buhari’s anti-graft war by setting up a recovery committee, which was saddled with the responsibility of recovering all illegally-acquired vehicles and lands by the immediate past government functionaries.
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