The recent series of appointments and subsequent reversals made by President Bola Tinubu have sparked concerns about the process of vetting and selecting political appointees. The question of who is responsible for conducting due diligence and clearance on these appointees remains unanswered, leading to speculation about influential individuals both within and outside of the Presidency who may be calling the shots in Aso Rock.
The withdrawal of the nomination of Imam Ibrahim Kashim Imam as chairman of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) due to criticism of his lack of experience highlights the need for a rigorous selection process. This is not the first time that Tinubu’s appointees have faced public scrutiny, with similar incidents occurring in the past.
These reversals raise questions about the quality of stakeholder consultation and decision-making within the Presidency. It also challenges the notion that the President had adequately prepared for the job over several years.
This pattern of flip-flopping appointments is reminiscent of similar incidents during former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, where dead individuals were appointed to key positions. These cases underscore the importance of a thorough search and suitability process before appointments are announced.
The withdrawal of nominee Maryam Shettima’s appointment has been seen as evidence of the existence of cabals within the Tinubu administration, raising concerns about their influence and the lack of transparency in the selection process.
The frequent reversals may reflect ongoing power struggles and competition among different factions within the ruling party. They also highlight the challenges of governing a diverse and politically divided country like Nigeria.
Moving forward, it is crucial for the President to carefully consider and thoroughly vet potential appointees before making public announcements. It is also important to hold accountable those responsible for the gaffes and ensure that explanations are provided for any future reversals. Transparency and accountability are essential in preserving the reputation and integrity of individuals affected by these decisions.