Information filtering in indicates a desperate move by President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff (CoS), Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, to replace Ali Silas Agara, a Christian nominated to take over as chairman of National Population Commission (NPC), with a Muslim, Alh. Nasiru Isa, from Kano State.

Agara, who hails from Nasarawa State, was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the NPC.
Buhari, in two letters dated March 20 and August 12, 2020, made the nomination, but Mr Kura Isa, a Muslim from Kano State, is being prepared to replace Agara.

“The positions to which appointments are to be made include the office of the chairman from Nasarawa State, four new commissioners representing Sokoto, Kwara, Bauchi and the FCT, as well as the renewal of the appointment of two commissioners from Katsina and Lagos States,” the letter by the president reads partly.

However, since the first letter by President Buhari dated March 20, 2020, Agara is yet to be inaugurated as chairman of NPC due to moves by some persons not contented with his nomination, being a Christian.
It was also revealed that the name of Isa has been submitted to lead the commission.

“There is a plan to replace Agara with a Muslim, Nasiru Isa from Kano.
“Governor of Nassarawa and chief of staff allegedly told Buhari not to hand over NPC to a Christian,” the source said.
The letter by the president also contained names of individuals, who will serve as members of the commission for five years as stipulated by federal character.

Others recommended alongside Agara are Muhammed Chuso A. Dottijo, member from Sokoto; Alhaji Razaq Gidado, member from Kwara; Ibrahim Mohammed, member from Bauchi; Joseph Kwai Shazin, member from FCT; Engineer Bala Almu Banya, member from Katsina; and Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, member from Lagos.


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