The Oasis Reporters
June 28 , 2017
The Chief Of Air Staff Air Marshall Abubakar Saddique has been fingered in a recruitment scandal in which the North is alleged to have gotten 80% personnel.
Henry, a social media commentator quoted a classic philosopher when he described the scandal that had previously engulfed the Directorate Of State Security, DSS recently thus :
“it was a beautiful, as all truly great swindles, DSS mathematics is Katsina + Kano = 17 Southern States”.
DSS had recruited 479 new intakes and 51 came from the president’s home state of Katsina alone, where the Director of the Secret Service also hails from.
The Director, Mr Daura is related to the President and they all hail from the same village.
That gave Katsina 10.6%.
The neighbouring Kano State with the same socio-cultural and religious background followed next with 25 or 5%.
Next came Kaduna state (24) and Bauchi state, (23).
The four northern states swallowed one quarter of the appointments in a country of 36 states.
All the South South States got 44 or 8.8%.
And in academic performance index, the north has always been among the least performers.
He concluded by calling Buhari a northern president, eventhough he became president courtesy of a largely southern support.
While the scandal was yet to die down, another one has brewed, this time in the nation’s Airforce.
A civil rights organisation, Campaign Against Military Impunity, has raised the alarm over alleged recruitment scandal in the Nigerian Airforce according to some online reports, including The Trent Online.
The organisation alleged that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, ”had compromised standards in the recruitment exercise for non-commissioned officers from the core North”.
Presently at the Airforce Base in Kaduna, there is ongoing pre-training formalities and tests for successful recruits, where 80 per cent of them are Northerners, CAMI said.
Victor Coker, the executive director of CAMI, told journalists in Abuja, on Monday, June 26, 2017 that the government should carry out an audit of the exercise and courses going on in all the military training institutions.
“To unravel this misnomer, there should be an audit of the courses going on in all the training institutions. The audit should look at the composition and last three batches of those in training”, he advised.
Coker said, “They were supposed to take 68 persons in each state; but after the normal recruitment, the Chief of Air Staff now brought over 2,000 names spread across the core Northern States. Out of this figure, only 30/40 was given to the South. This is not the first time it is happening. Such things have been done in DSS, EFCC, and even police, Army and the Navy.
“We keep on preaching One Nigeria, One Nigeria. But behind the empty slogan of One Nigeria lies bare-faced hypocrisy and grand design to sentence part of the country to perpetual slavery.”
But when contacted, the Director of Public Relations and Information in the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, he denied the allegation.
He said, “I think it is most advisable that the list of the people recruited should be made public first. Then, those making the claims can painstakingly go through the list. If there is any state that is not fairly represented, then, let them raise the alarm, rather than be speculating. A list is not yet out, yet people are speculating that the North has been favoured.
“Don’t forget that each state should be fairly represented. If you have certified people and everybody in a state are not medically qualified, are you going to disregard everybody in that state? We operate with the highest standards and we do not compromise on standard, either medical, physical or academic.”
Pundits have opined that the recent upsurge in separatist agitations in the country is due to
brazen marginalization being carried out, such that people no longer feel committed to the spirit of oneness .