The Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, backed his counterparts in the south on their position that there is nepotism in the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) regime.
WUZUPNIGERIA reports that the 17 southern governors had at a meeting in Asaba, Delta State capital demanded a review of federal appointments to reflect federal character.
In a communique issued after the meeting the south governors had recommended: "that in deference to the sensitivities of our various peoples, there is a need to review appointments into Federal Government Agencies (including Security Agencies) to reflect the federal character as Nigeria's overall population is heterogeneous."
In a chat with newsmen on Thursday, Governor Mohammed stressed that the position of his southern counterparts on nepotism cannot be swept under the carpet.
He said, "If you are not fair and equitable in your administration, in your management, if there is nepotism where only one section is given positions in government, then there will be problems."
"There is an iota of truth in what the southern governors said on some sections being highly favoured at the detriment of others.
"What we know in this country as a federalist is that there should always be a balance in terms of appointment of federal offices, even in the local governments.
"If you don't practise fairness at the top, then you cannot get it at the lower table and people will begin to think of self-actualisation, self-determination and so on and it will reflect negatively. Unless we ensure fairness and equity in the leadership of the country we cannot grow the economy."
Mohammed also dismissed the anti-corruption war of the current administration, saying some persons are treated as sacred cows.
"I think the federal government has lost any idea to grow the economy. What they are best known for is the blame game. They are not even fighting the corruption they claimed to be fighting."
"There's more corruption; perceptions are built that there are sacred cows; there are the gods in this country who cannot be touched."