A Christian nominated to take over as National Population Commission Chairman, Ali Silas Agara, has officially been replaced by a Muslim, Hon Kwarra Nasiru Isa.
According to SaharaReporters, President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Agara, a former deputy governor of Nasarawa State, to head the NPC in two separate letters dated 20 March and 12 August 2020.
The letter that was spotted also included names of people, who would serve as commission members for five years as required by federal law.
Others recommended alongside Agara are Muhammed Chuso A. Dottijo, member from Sokoto; Alhaji Razaq Gidado, member from Kwara; Ibrahim Mohammed, member from Bauchi; Joseph Kwai Shazin, member from FCT; Engineer Bala Almu Banya, member from Katsina; and Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, member from Lagos.
“The positions to which appointments are to be made include the office of the Chairman from Nassarawa State, four new commissioners representing Sokoto, Kwara, Bauchi and the FCT, as well as the renewal of the appointment of others,” one of the letters by the President reads. questions
Nevertheless, Isa, a Hausa man also from Nasarawa State, was appointed as NPC Chairman in another letter dated August 21 while Agara was downgraded to a commission member.
The news platform further stated that some officials within the Nigerian Government were not contented with Agara’s nomination being a Christian.
A government source who spoke with SaharaReporters noted that Abdullahi Sule was one of the top Northern Muslims working against the selection of a Christian to head the commission.
“Governor of Nassarawa and Chief of Staff told Buhari not to handover NPC to a Christian,” the source said.
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