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President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he will base appointment of new ministers and other political positions on merit and qualification.

The President hinted on this yesterday when he was speaking to the delegate of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who came to visit him on what the people should expect from him in areas of security and appointments in this his second term.

President Buhari meets with CAN delegates
President Buhari meets with CAN delegates

President Buhari stated that he will focus on merit and national spread while giving political appointments so as to give every part of the country a sense of belonging, as he also promised to ensure harmony and love among Nigerians.

‘‘In the area of allocation of political offices, our focus will be on merit and national spread such that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging,” the President pledged while receiving the CAN delegation led by Reverend Samson Ayokunle at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The CAN delegate had tasked President Buhari to run an all-inclusive government which goes beyond party affiliations.

“Having been re-elected President, you have become the President of all. In view of this, we urge you to see yourself as a father to all by embracing all,”

“We solicit for inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.

“This is the true and objective way in which you can give all in the country, a sense of belonging.

“We from the Christian Association of Nigeria, recognise the importance of the National Assembly to the stability and growth of our polity.

“It is in this regard that we call for ethnic and religious balance with depth in picking the leadership of that great institution of democracy.

“To ensure that this happens is to remove any apprehension and suspicion harboured towards the leadership of this country.

“We equally solicit that the principle of separation of power as it is enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would be allowed to thrive as an intrinsic aspect of modern day democracy.” the CAN President, Reverend Ayokunle said on behalf of the delegate.

The group also appraised the President for the revival of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and “the sincere efforts of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in ensuring that your passion to build peace through NIREC becomes a reality.”

The CAN delegate also used the opportunity to make another call for the release of Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls from captivity.

“We solicit passionately for deliberate and relentless effort to free Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls from captivity.

“Each passing day inflicts anguish in the hearts of the parents of this young girl, the rest of us who are parents, all Nigerians and others all over the world who love freedom and regret that Leah’s life is being wasted in captivity for no sin of hers other than for her religion.

“Doing all within you to free Leah Sharibu and according to top priority, shall confer greater credibility on your government and on you as a person.

“Please and please, Mr. President, let Leah Sharibu and those in captivity of insurgents be freed to enjoy their lives.the delegate also demanded.

They delegates demanded, “inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.”

Reacting to their demand, President Buhari said, “We will continue to strive for peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs.

“We remain resolute in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and efforts to bring back all those in captivity and other victims of kidnappings will be intensified.”

President Buhari commended religious bodies for the important role they have been playing in the nation since he assumed office and promised to continue supporting several programmes anchored by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), geared towards peace, tolerance, unity and harmony in our country.

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