The Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi, has said that by appointing Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff, President Muhammadu Buhari has put “national interest above ethnic and religious chauvinism”.
Maybe, the Defence Minister is being misquoted or else; it probably would have been better if he did not talk.
He may not have known it that today’s Nigeria is no more a country of docile citizens.
Young adults from his (Major General Salihi Magashi) village are more erudite than being gullible.
Even those in the forests of banditry have shown enough brilliant acumen for all their senior brothers; and sisters of course, in the cities and barracks to applaud them.
Let us interrogate his claim that by the appointment of General Farouk Yahaya President Muhammadu Buhari has put “national interest above ethnic and religious chauvinism”, for a moment, by asking a few questions.
Is Major General Farouk Yahaya from Zamfara State? Does that establishes him as coming from Northern Nigeria? Is he of Fulani ethnic nationality? Is he a Moslem or a Christian?
Retired Major General Salihi Magashi, our dynamic Minister of Defense should answer these questions objectively, and after, he can now re-arrange his narration.
Only then can he say something like this:
“By the appointment of General Yahaya, President Buhari has expediently put ethnic and religious chauvinism above national interest”, which should be more of it.
Wasn’t this what he meant to be saying in the beginning?
Just another weird thought of The Guru!