When are we going to phase out this issue of favouritism, nepotism and tribalism during appointments, promotions and recruitment in our nation?
Any person who finds himself in position of authority fixes his kins men even if they don’t qualify. It is disheartening to see that people who are more qualified get nothing because they do not know or have anyone to stand for them.
This article is meant to call the attention of Mr. President on the sad activities of the Honourable Minister of Interior for his act of impunity in conducting the affairs of his Ministry. He has made the whole Ministry an Idoma affair. I cannot imagine how he expects sanity and discipline in the ministry he heads if all he does is to fix and favour his tribal people in the matters of appointments, promotions and recruitment.
The most recent display of this act of impunity is the just released promotion of the Nigeria Immigration Service. A look at the list of successful officers promoted through all the different ranks will depict just one thing; Idoma affairs. While some state have nothing, some manage to have one person promoted, Idoma gets 3, 4, 5 or more. This is sheer injustice of the highest order and a massacre of Federal Character. Mr. President Sir, I will like at this conjuncture wish to remind the Honourable Minister that his duty as Minister of Interior is not to be a Partial tribalistic head or a messiah to the Idoma people but an impartial non-tribal, national minister. Annoyingly he focuses just on Idoma marginalising other tribes in Benue State.
The corruption which the Minister allowed in the process of the promotion exercise is also another disturbing issue, Candidates pay huge sum to get promoted. Some promoted Officers did not even sit for the Interview they paid their way and got promoted.
Also for the first time in the history of recruitment in the Nigeria Immigration Service unsuspecting innocent Applicants who do not have jobs are made to pay in order to apply. Paying for something they are not sure of securing. Investigation revealed that the money paid for the application is deposited into the Honourable Ministers brother’s account.
The Minister also intends to give the wife of The Senate President the consultancy contract to carry out the proposed recruitment exercises.
Mr. President, how would Nigerians who stood in the sun to see that you were voted into office be made to pay in order to apply for jobs? The Minister came out to shamefully refute the allegations; Nigerians are not fools to be toyed with. We know the truth and we can provide clear evidence of payment made by millions of applicants.
Mr. President I believe you are doing so well to see that you strike a balance and ensure equal opportunities for all Nigerians, while the minister unfortunately represents and serve the interest of just his countrymen.
Your Excellency sir, my kind humble request to you is to look into the Affairs of the Federal Ministry of Interior especially as it concerns appointments, promotions and recruitment before the ministry is salvaged into a tribal war field.
The Minister by his acts has shown that he is not fit to head or hold any form of position whatsoever in the country.
Mr. President I believe in you as a man of Honour, a Nationalist and father to all, I plead that you look into the recent promotion of the Officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service with an eagle eye with the hope that you will intervene in the menace they called promotion.
Many officers have made several attempts but still didn’t get promoted because they do not know or have anyone to stand for them. Some of them have spent 10-15years stagnant on a rank while those who are far their subordinate and have found favour gets promoted while they remain. Officers are grieving, weeping, demoralised and dying in silence because they cannot speak out for fear of been victimised.
I have spoken the minds of hundreds of officers who are in pains but cannot voice it out. They deserve more than what they are facing presently. Officers who protect and guard the internal affairs of our nation deserve a better gesture from their country rather than been allowed to live in squallow, sadness and pains. I am a concerned Nigerian who seeks justice and advocate for things to be done based on merit.
Mr. President, I am an ardent citizen who cherishes your transformation agenda and I have a strong conviction that you will set the record straight and let this serve as lesson to all persons who find themselves in place of authority and turn it to a tribal/family affairs. Nigeria is a National Sovereign Country therefore let no citizen whosoever be marginalised. The constitution has protected its citizens against any form of discrimination
Thank You sir
O.M. Okeke concernedNigerian!
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