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Buhari’s nomination of Onochie as INEC commissioner insensitive –Adegboruwa

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Published October 18, 2020

Tunde Ajaja

A Lagos - based human rights lawyer , Mr Ebun -Olu Adegboruwa ( SAN) , has described as insensitive the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission .

He said the nomination contravened the provisions of the constitution , and that the timing was also wrong .

Onochie , who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , on Social Media , was nominated by the President as the commission ’s a national commissioner from the South -South . The nomination is awaiting Senate confirmation .

The nomination has however been criticised by no fewer than 70 civil society organisations , some opposition parties , Senior Advocates of Nigeria and other interest groups.

Speaking with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday , Adegboruwa said, “ Coming at this time of the # EndSARS protests and the mood of this nation , which calls for sober reflection and a lot of proper reasoning on the part of our leaders , it ’ s very insensitive to the feelings of the generality of Nigerians .

“ And knowing the nature of the person in question, the position of INEC commissioner requires some elements of neutrality , maturity and a person who is able to be an unbiased arbiter in the handling of such a sensitive position . So, whosoever is known to be an ally of any political organisation or political officer holder should ordinarily not be allowed near that office.

“ To that extent , the nomination of Lauretta Onochie by the President at this time is to generally provoke the sensibility of the people of Nigeria and it has portrayed him as uncaring . It ’s like damning the people and challenging us to action , as it were 


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