Reactions have trailed the nomination of Buhari’s controversial media aide, Lauretta Onochie as an INEC commissioner.
President Buhari on Tuesday nominated Onochie alongside three others as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Nigerians have taken to Twitter to criticise the decision.
Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner? The same Lauretta that stole money for APC campaign in 2019? The same controversial APC bot?
We joke too much in this country pic.twitter.com/vr8vy3Qpq5
— Tonye Barcanista #EndYahooYahoo #AnsuFati (@TonyeBarcanista) October 13, 2020
Lauretta Onochie is one of the most partisan people in Nigerian public life today. Appointing a take-no-prisoners party spokesperson to serve as a guardian of 🇳🇬’s non-partisan electoral commission is, in my view, utterly negligent and will be incredibly damaging. https://t.co/A32mDvEoi8
— Matthew T. Page (@MatthewTPage) October 13, 2020
Buhari just nominated Lauretta Onochie for the position of INEC chairman while we are protesting
— President Christian (@Chrisblin) October 13, 2020
The appointment of Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner is unconstitutional, undemocratic and ridiculous. Section 14 of Part 1 of Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution provides that a person to be appointed as INEC commissioner must be a person of “unquestionable integrity”.
— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) October 13, 2020
BREAKING: Buhari asks senate to confirm Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner.
What!? Never! What’s wrong with this old man? @NGRSenate don’t try it.
— Ayemojubar 👠 (@ayemojubar) October 13, 2020
So Even in the middle of a severe Protest, buhari still appointed Lauretta Onochie Inec commissioner? A woman whose utterances are unbecoming of a government aide is warming up to be given new wings to fly wild. @MBuhari You should have done better because we have better heads!
— Aisha Yesufu (@Aisha_Yesufuu) October 13, 2020