A Lagos- based human rights lawyer, Mr Ebun – Olu Adegboruwa (SAN ), has described as insensitive the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission .
He said the nomination contravened the provisions of the constitution, and that the timing was also wrong.
Onochie , who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd .), on Social Media, was nominated by the President as the commission ’ s a national commissioner from the South – South . The nomination is awaiting Senate confirmation.
The nomination has however been criticised by no fewer than 70 civil society organisations , some opposition parties, Senior Advocates of Nigeria and other interest groups.
Adegboruwa said , “ Coming at this time of the # EndSARS protests and the mood of this nation, which calls for sober reflection and a lot of proper reasoning on the part of our leaders , it ’s very insensitive to the feelings of the generality of Nigerians.
“ And knowing the nature of the person in question , the position of INEC commissioner requires some elements of neutrality , maturity and a person who is able to be an unbiased arbiter in the handling of such a sensitive position . So, whosoever is known to be an ally of any political organisation or political officer holder should ordinarily not be allowed near that office .
“ To that extent , the nomination of Lauretta Onochie by the President at this time is to generally provoke the sensibility of the people of Nigeria and it has portrayed him as uncaring . It ’ s like damning the people and challenging us to action , as it were. ”