Senators divide over the exclusion of South East people as part the National Defence Council


Senators were divided over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint people from South East as service chiefs or as representatives in the National Defence Council, NDC, and National Security Council, NSC.

Divided along party lines, especially between Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, the senators said the non-appointment of south easterners into these positions was not in consonance with the federal character principle as enshrined in the constitution.

The development followed a motion by Senator Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central), entitled: “Urgent need to appoint a representative of South-East into National Defence Council and National Security Council.”

Umeh had also in his prayer, urged President Buhari to appoint an officer from the South-East as service chief for equitable representation but his prayers  suffered a set back.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said though the motion was well highlighted by Senator Umeh, he refused to call for adoption of its prayers, saying it was well noted.