Defend Tinubu administration or quit, Matawalle tells Northern appointees

The Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, has asked President Bola Tinubu’s appointees from Northern Nigeria to defend the government they are serving in or quit.

Mr Matawalle said this in a statement on Monday in reaction to the recent attack on the Tinubu administration by one of the appointees, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Mr Baba-Ahmed, who serves as the special adviser on political matters in the presidency, said it would have been better if Mr Matawalle had listed his achievements as minister and those of the other appointees from the North instead of attacking the Northern Elders Forum (NEF).

He was reacting to a statement by Mr Matawalle in which he described the forum as “political paperweight.” Until his appointment as adviser, Mr Baba-Ahmed was the spokesperson of NEF. He is also a relative of the vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election, Datti Baba-Ahmed.

The LP came third in the election, losing to President Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Matawalle, a former governor of Zamfara state, in his latest statement said Mr Baba-Ahmed and other appointees from the North owe the administration a duty to promote and advance its efforts across all sectors.

“As appointees of the government from the North, we must all take a stand, be unequivocal and be counted in the roll of honours for our support and work for the success of the administration we are serving,” he said.



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