President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed five new Heads for some strategic institutions in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by President’s Personal Assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad. The new heads are for the Centre for Disease Control, National Agency for the Control of Aids, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research. Others are, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and National Health Insurance Scheme.
The new appointees are – Prof Babatunde Salami NIPR, while NACA has Dr. Sani Aliyu as it’s new boss. The new NHIS boss is Prof Usman Yusuf and Prof Echezona Ezeanolue is for NPHCDA. Dr Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu takes the drivers seat at CDC. All the five appointments have already taken effect.
The latest President’s appointments caused outrage among Nigerians over suggestions that Buhari is favouring people from the Northern but the President has said such claims are untrue. His critics have characterized his appointments as extremely lopsided, lacking in gender balance and regional equity. However, the Presidency denied such accusations.