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Christians allege marginalisation in Gov. Doma’s cabinet

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Nigerian Christians complain that though they constitute half of the population in Nasarawa state, they are not fairly represented in government appointments.

By Patrick Odey, Lafia

October 31, 2007 Nigeria (Daily Champion News)-The list of 15 commissioner-nominees submitted Monday, by Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for approval has started generating tension among Christian fold in the state even as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), sued for peace among its faithful.

The list submitted to the House comprises 13 moslem and three christian nominees including a woman,a situation which many described as gross imbalance, given the parity between christians and moslem in the state.

Reacting to the list in an interview with newsmen in Lafia,the state CAN secretary, Apostle Amaechi Apollos, described the action of the governor as a betrayal of trust even as he promised that christians in the state would toe the path of dialogue rather than confrontation in resolving the matter.

‘’What we are witnessing now is betrayal.It is not the promise the governor made to us when he was governor-elect.Prior to his election as governor,he,Aliyu Akwe Doma promised that he was going to carry everybody along and one of the ways he was going to do it was to consult with CAN before appointing his commissioners which he did not do as we are not aware when he submitted the list to the state House of Assembly only to hear on the radio yesterday that the governor has submitted the list of commissioners, comprising 13 moslems and three christians’’.

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According to him,all the political appointments by the governor in the state showed that the Moslems were unduely favoured against the Christians.He alleged that in the appointment of the ten advisers,only three Christians made the list while the rest were Moslems and in the ambassadorial appointment,no Christian was nominated.

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