Daniel Bwala, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, has criticized President Bola Tinubu’s latest ministerial appointments, labeling them as “nepotism pro max.”
Bwala’s remarks came after Tinubu’s nomination of two individuals to join his cabinet, pending Senate confirmation.
Bwala voiced his concerns on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, stating that he believed President Tinubu had been partial in his appointments.
He emphasized, “President Bola Tinubu’s appointment is nepotistic and now has earned the status of nepotism pro max 15.”
Despite his criticisms, Bwala clarified that he did not hold any personal grudges against Tinubu and was open to acknowledging the President’s achievements.
He asserted, “I’m telling you that I don’t have anything against him. If President Tinubu scores a point, I will be the first, whether in PDP or in APC, to say President Tinubu has done it right.”
Bwala further justified his critique by stating, “We earn the right to point out things that the president and his administration are doing which are not uniting Nigeria, which are not pushing us towards the path of progress.”
He continued, “I earn the right to speak truth to power because President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is somebody that I, Bwala Daniel, respect with the greatest respect.”
Bwala also mentioned his previous support for Tinubu during the APC primaries and the congratulatory message he sent when Tinubu was sworn in as President.
Aliyu Audu, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), also participated in the program and commended Bwala for his candid remarks. However, Audu stressed the importance of constructive criticism, saying,
“We should criticize our own, we should praise our own, but we should understand where to draw the line. We should always have an objective; we should not criticize just for the sake of criticism or to cause disaffection among Nigerians.”
As President Tinubu’s appointments continue to be a subject of public scrutiny, Bwala’s outspoken criticism underscores the ongoing discourse regarding fairness and transparency in Nigeria’s government appointments.
The debate on this matter is expected to persist as the nation closely watches the President’s actions and decisions during his tenure.