President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that all his appointments were strictly based on merit and not based on ethnic or regional balance.
Buhari stated this on Thursday during an interview with Arise TV.
The News Digest reports that the president has been criticised for allegedly appointing more northerners in strategic positions.
However, in the interview, Mr Buhari said he cannot favour those who have spent shorter years in service over those that have stayed longer.
“People who have been there for 18 years or even for 10 years, they trained in Zaria or in Abeokuta, they come through the ranks.
“And because they served under all the circumstances, the crises and everything and they gradually rise to that status and you think you just pick somebody just to balance up? These positions have to be earned,” he said.
The Nigerian Constitution states that major appointments and other privileges should be shared in such a way that it reflects Federal Character, that is balance across the 36 states.
Reacting to the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria, Mr Buhari said it is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty.
He said he believes his government has done a lot to fight the terrorists but the problem in the “North-East is very difficulty.”
He said he believes the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians after being told so by the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.