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Osinbajo Is Not Favouring Christians In Appointment Says Presidency

Presidency  has denied report of  Acting President Yemi Osinbajo favoring   Christians especially members  of his church, the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria (RCCG), and his kinsmen from the South- West in critical appointments in his office and federal agencies.

Presidency was reacting to comments credited to one Ismaila Farouk from Zamfara alleging  that appointments made by the acting president into some federal agencies and in his office were lopsided.

But a statement from the Presidency on Sunday quoted Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters, Dr. Bilkisu Saidu, has dismissing the allegation while speaking on “Shirin Safe,” an interview programme on BBC Hausa Radio on Sunday.

The statement quoted Saidu as describing the nepotism allegation as “laughable, untrue, unfair and should not be taken seriously.”

The presidential aide was reported to have claimed that most senior positions Osinbajo’s office are held by Muslims including individuals who are from the North.

“If you are talking about religion, the most senior official or position in the Office of the Vice President apart from the Vice President himself, is the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and the name of the person occupying that office is Abdulrahman Ipaye and he is a Muslim.

“The positions following the Chief of Staff’s in the order of hierarchy are the Special Advisers in the office of the Vice President. Here there are three Special Advisers and two out of the three Special Advisers are Muslims, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Barrister Mariam Uwais from Kano State.

“If you look at the remaining senior positions in that office, most of them are in the hands of Muslims from the North.

“For instance, the person in charge of Protocol (i.e. the Director of Protocol) is Ambassador Abdullahi Gwary from Yobe State; those in charge of welfare and health in the office of the Vice President are mostly Muslims and from the north.

“Worthy of note are the stewards, those who serve the Vice President’s meals, they are mostly Muslims, so what do the critics mean when they talk about religion?” she was further quoted as saying.

Saidu was also quoted as saying that when those she called “non-progressive minded people” fail to win public support on their personal agenda, they often resort to the use of religion given its sensitivity among Nigerians.

“When people lack what to use or have exhausted all avenues to speak evil against perceived opponents or ridicule the good works that they are doing, they resort to use of religion or other means possible to damage the image and reputation of that opponent,” she added

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