The Nigerian Navy has officially reacted to a supplementary list currently going viral containing recruits from only the northern part of the country.
On Monday, the alleged supplementary list of successful candidates recently released by the Nigerian Navy was found to consist of only persons from the northern part of the country.
According to a report by SaharaReporters, successful candidates on the list were drawn from core Northern states with only a few from North Central (Kogi and Niger states).
The service allegedly shunned federal character as it selected core northerners and a few from North Central for its final list.
An official of the Nigerian Navy who spoke with the news agency noted that such a thing has never happened before.
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Reacting to this, the director of information, Naval Headquarters, Cdre Suleman Dahun, described the list as fake, NAN reports.
According to the director, the list was amplified by an online newspaper of questionable integrity.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the list is fake and did not emanate from the Naval Headquarters.
“The public is, therefore, advised to treat the list as a pitiable ploy of mischief makers and idle minds intent on creating ill-feelings amongst the Nigerian public thereby stoking sectional and religion sensibilities. The NN is currently exploring legal means of seeking redress over this mischievous story,” he said.
He further urged members of the public to visit www.joinnigeriannavydotcom for authentic information on NN recruitment exercises.
SaharaReporters had earlier quoted a Navy official as saying, “Normally, after recruitment, they release a list and those people on that list will go for training, they divide the list into two, Batch A and B.
“They released a supplementary list recently and this has never happened before that all the names on that list will be from the North, 44 candidates. They are not just from the North but mainly from the core North.
“In the normal recruitment list, every state is usually given equal number but I don’t know why this is different. This supplementary list Batch A has resumed, Batch B will resume in January. These are the few people that will join those that are already there. As far as it is supplementary, every zone and state should be included.
“The former ones they did, all states were included in equal numbers except the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); the FCT is the only one that usually gets lesser slots because most of those using FCT to apply are not from there.
“My question is, why is this supplementary list representing only the North. It should represent all parts, not just a particular region.”
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In other news, the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has gotten a response from the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, over his recent statements on rotational presidency.
Recall that the governors from the Southern states of the country have agreed that the next President of the country after Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South.
The governors’ decision was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the governors’ meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State.
It was signed by the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
“The Forum reiterates its commitment to the politics of equity, fairness and unanimously agrees that the presidency of Nigeria be rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria and resolved that the next president of Nigeria should emerge from the Southern Region,” the governors decided after the meeting.
Reacting to the resolutions by the governors, Bello while speaking at a first Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s political and Crime Correspondents held in Abuja on Friday said what the country needs now is the best candidate that will drive the nation out of its present challenges against looking for zoning formula as a solution.
According to the Kogi governor, if the nation must continue with the rotation arrangement which he described as unconstitutional, the North central zone should take the shot since, it is the only zone that has not produced democratically elected president and vice president since 1960.
The governor noted that with the myriad of challenges facing the country, the nation needs a leader with youthful energy and vitality and imbued with empathy, competence and courage, that can take the Country out of its predicaments.
He had also described rotational Presidency as “unconstitutional”, adding that “Nigerians should be allowed to make their choices for the best candidate to emerge for the top post”.
Reacting to this, Ohanaeze, in a statement on Monday, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, slammed Governor Bello, saying that he had demonstrated a remarkable obsession with ambition shortly after providence paved way for him to be sworn in as a governor in 2015 at an impressionable age of 40.
According to the apex Igbo body, “there is no doubt that Bello has a date with destiny going by a smooth political ascendancy that life has presented to him.”
Ohaneze expressed fears that the youthful governor “is embarking on a political adventure that lacks both conscience and principle.”
Ohanaeze noted that all the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the inner still voice or conscience.
Still speaking, the apex Igbo group revealed when it was agreed that there should be rotational presidency in the country.
The group said, “Governor Bello was still a student, studying accountancy at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria when an agreement was reached between the North and the South with respect to Rotational Presidency.
“The meeting was held at the National University Commission Conference Centre, Abuja in 1998. Dr.Chuba Okadigbo spoke on behalf of the South while Alh. Abubakar Rimi spoke for the North. The likes of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Solomon Lar, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, etc were at the meeting.
“The Nigerian statesmen examined the merits and demerits of zoning and rotation of power between the composite zones in Nigeria. In the end, it was resolved that the presidency be conceded to the South and that it would rotate between the South and the North in the interest of equity, unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.”
It added, “the foregoing was the basis for the emergence of presidential candidates of the mainstream political parties from the South West in1999. Since then, the patriotic and peace-loving Nigerians have adhered to the rotation principle such that at the end of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s second tenure, President Musa Yar’Adua was elected; Goodluck Jonathan and then President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Ohanaeze explained that it was on that basis that the Southern Governors resolved in the Lagos meeting that the South should produce the next President of Nigeria after President Buhari.
Ohaneze further called on the Kogi governor to support the resolution by his southern colleagues; especially as “he is still young”.
Ohanaeze enjoined Bello to embrace the ethical functional relationship between the morality of an agreement and the legality of the constitution.
It contended that for clarity sake, that “morality is the universal foundation of Laws. On the other hand, law should be seen to stand in defence of morality.”