It was with great shock that we received the news that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Mahmood Yakubu has appointed Amina Zakari a relative of a Presidential candidate and current President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari to be the Head of the committee for the collation of the Presidential election results of 2019.
This reckless appointment goes further to show the disrespect that government officers have for the majority of Nigerians. If common sense informs Yakubu that Buhari’s relative is the best person to supervise her uncle’s election, we stand here to say, without reservation, that our collective and superior common sense entirely rejects this thoughtless and very provocative appointment devoid of any sense of morality. Muhammadu Buhari’s elder sister was married to the father of Amina Zakari the late Emir of Kazaura Tanko Yakassai. Though Amina has denied blood relationship with Buhari but the fact that Buhari grew up in the family home of Amina’s father is enough to disqualify her from supervising Buhari’s election. Her appointment is tantamount to match fixing. She cannot be a referee in this game.
Though Amina has denied blood relationship with Buhari but the fact that Buhari grew up in the family home of Amina’s father is enough to disqualify her from supervising Buhari’s election. Her appointment is tantamount to match fixing. She cannot be a referee in this game.
Fellow Nigerians, this is what you get when you continue to keep silent to the glaring misrule that has kept our country where it is today. No country in Africa will accept this insult on our collective dignity as a people. Yakubu has promised a free and fair election in 2019. If this is one of the pointers to a free and fair election, then Yakubu has questions to answer. If this is the election that our country has budgeted billions of naira for, then it is both a waste of time and resources.
We hereby call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise up, resist and reject the insidious appointment of Amina. We also call on the international community to take a decisive step against this obnoxious action since they equally support the election financially. Amina’s younger brother Engineer Adamu is the current Minister of Water Resources. Their elder sister is a Commissioner in Jigawa state. Nigeria is not a family farm. If such an appointment could be publicly announced, it means that more actions have been perfected underground to criminally compromise the 2019 elections.
Nigerians in diaspora under the platform of the European Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria reject Amina as Chairperson for the collation of her Buhari’s election results. She must be quickly replaced without delay.
We hereby advise the INEC Chairman to avoid any behaviour, utterances and actions that will bring shame to him and rubbish his professional career. A word is enough for the wise. A stitch in time saves nine.