President Muhammadu Buhari says that his appointees in his administration are earned.
The President said this during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, when he was field questions to justify public perception about Buhari's sentiments, and lopsided appointments.
Buhari said he will not pick somebody to fill a particular position “just to balance up”, while neglecting those who had passed through the training and ranks.
“They trained in Zaria or Abeokuta, they come through the ranks and because they served under all the circumstances, the crises and everything and they gradually rise to the status,” he said.
“And you think, you will just pick somebody just to balance up. These positions have to be earned. There are people who have been there for 10 to 15 years.”
In recent times, social critics have accused Mr President negating the principles of federal character, especially in the appointment of service chiefs and strategic positions in the country.