Chief Olu Falae
The Yoruba nation yesterday reviewed the lopsidedness in elective positions and appointments made at the federal level, and concluded that the region has been shortchanged.
Speaking under the aegis of Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) in a press conference addressed by former Secretary to the Federal Government (SFG), Chief Olu Falae, the forum remarked that President Goodluck Jonathan has been unfair to the region in the sharing of federal offices.
The conference, which had the Vice-Chairman of the forum, Rev. Bolanle Gbonigi, in attendance, tasked Jonathan to consider the interest of the region in any other top federal appointments.
According to the group, the Yoruba people are being systemically shortchanged in the distribution of entitlements under the Jonathan administration and thus being deprived of their rights to equality of treatment.
The group asserted that the complaints about the systematic marginalisation of the Yoruba nation cannot be equated by Jonathan to the usual cries of marginalisation from all geo-political zones.
The group, which backed the Yoruba nation’s complaints with annexture lamented that no Yoruba indigene was ranked in the 12 topmost positions that constitute the apex of the political power hierarchy in the country.
“Thus, the absence of any Yoruba at the top of the political hierarchy has consequential effect on the Yorubas in respect of appointments and job security throughout the federal service,” they argued.
The group noted that all the 12 positions listed at the apex of the power hierarchy are elective, “hence the president could have filled at least one of the purely appointive ones with a Yoruba of his choice to accommodate the federal character principle.”
The group reminded that the Yoruba votes at the 2011 presidential poll, more than any other part of the country gave the Jonathan election credibility and universal acceptability.