LETTER: ‘Buhari lied, Sokoto has no Federal Permanent Secretary’

Dear Editor,

We read with dismay President Muhammadu Buhari’s interview with BBC’s Mansur Liman, which was published by your newspaper on December 27, 2015.

In the interview PMB made us to believe that each States has a Permanent Secretary just as the Ministers in his cabinet.

The truth of the matter is that currently Sokoto State does not have a Permanent Secretary. The last Federal Permanent Secretary from Sokoto State was Alhaji Bashir Sambo, who until his retirement was the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transport.

It is quite shocking when Buhari tried to make us believe that each state has a Federal Permanent Secretary. And that left us with so many unanswered questions:

Who is not comfortable with Sokoto State having a Federal Permanent Secretary?

Is it not in the Federal Character Act that each state should have a permanent secretary?

Does Buhari’s aides made him to sign and believed that each State should have a representation in the Federal appointment?

Is Sokoto State paying for the sins of some of its citizens, despite the over 75% votes they gave to Buhari in the last election?

Why is it that none of the media houses were able to at least investigate this injustice?

While we keep searching for answers to these questions, one thing for sure is that if Buhari really believed that each state has a permanent secretary then he must be surrounded by saboteurs and deceitful persons, who will for sure lead to his downfall. God forbid!

Ahmed Dahiru

FOR: Concerned Citizens of Sokoto State.


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  • Arogbo

    Ahmed Dahiru sound like a Dasuki supporter and I know he probably benefited from from the 2.1billion arms deal scandal. Yeye Barawo. Sai Baba Buhari.

    • Bright Odigwe

      Can´t people just express themselves in this country anymore without branding them thieves or accomplices to thieves?.This trend is becoming very terrible and it does not make any sense and should be dropped.In a democracy people should air their views wether positive or negative depends on the listeners,freedom of speech is allowed.

      • Arogbo

        Thank you sir, but if I am not mistaken, I believe we have been reminded more often than not that the freedom of speech we all lay claim at comes with a price which is responsibility. There is a difference between freedom of speech and hate comments, and to say the least, none of us has monopoly over being mischievous as indicated by hate slurs from those who see their fellow country men as some form of animals in a zoo. We all can resolve to be civil in participating in this national discourse without descending into the gutter.

        • Bright Odigwe

          You are very correct and those that use the word ZOO as a reference to this great country Nigeria are actually those living in a fantasy ZOO where reality means HATRED to them.I think it will make more sense when we beging to reorientate ourselves on how to live with ourselves like we used to without rancour.

    • Issei

      And do what if he’s Dasuki supporter?

  • Buhari4Ever

    Each state is constitutionally required to have a minister not a permanent secretary.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      at the federal level.

    • Issei

      It’s a well known fact that PMB hate sakwatawa,because he still has some grudges with
      President shagari

  • defash1

    Buhari plays politics with everything,he should know he is President & stop the rivalry of Sokoto vs Katsina.

  • Oh!

    EVen if you don’t have a current permanent secretary in name, there has to be someone with the responsibility.
    Why don’t you go and ask your Sokoto State executive why you do not have a permanent Secretary or do you think Buhari is responsible for filling that position?

    You get online and post a ridiculous letter accusing Buhari of lying when the fact of the matter is that the position of permanent secretary for Sokoto State does in fact exist (as it does for every other state) and simply was was unoccipied due to no fault of Buhari.

    If you are truly upset that Sokoto currently has no permanent Secretary, speak with the person responsible for filling the position (Your Governor). But of course you are not truly upset, you just wanted anything that will allow you say “Buhari lied” right? We can bet your life that you do not even know what a permanent secretary does!

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Silly thing.

    • McAlfred Uta

      Please don’t mislead the unwary public. Governors neither nominate nor appoint Federal Permanent Secretary to represent their state. It is the sole prerogative of the President acting on the recommendation of the Head of Service.

      • dareolu1

        It is the sole prerogative of the President acting on the recommendation of the Head of Service…………….and how is that the Presidents fault, Nigerian can’t even tell what a lie is, anything that is misplaced is referred to as a lie wheras a LIE simply means telling another thing bout a matter or issue when you know the real truth about it……………….how is the President supposed to keep exact numbers of appointees in Major positions as well as their state of origin in his head and duly reply during an interview…………when people lack comprehension issues they start talking about ….lies….conspiracies…propaganda e.t.c yet they are the ones suffering from low IQ…….this letter is absolute trash.

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  • Ibraheem Aruna

    What on earth does third world country like Nigeria doing with over thirty permanent secretaries any way?
    After all Sokoto states has produced more super-permanent secretaries than any where else on the planet.

    • A Aminu

      Is sokoto state the only state that produced the said ‘super-permanent secretaries’ to deprive it of a constitutional privilege? Or is it sokoto state’s problem that the country is saddled with so many permanent secretaries. Think within the box please, and side fairness to others, if you want fairness done to you.