Buhari’s Cabinet of Cabals
Nigeria News take a look at the politics going on within the Federal Executive Council and how it has affected the rating of the current administration.
It took President Muhammadu Buhari more than six months to announce members of his cabinet after he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
The delay in picking members of the Federal Executive Council, of course, caused some uproars in the public space for a president that was supposed to hit the ground running, having aspired thrice to occupy the position.
Eventually when the cabinet was born, as promised, the president made serious changes with the idea that he would have to cut cost as he met a distressed economy.
He merged three big ministries of power, works and housing and appointed the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola as the minister. He also reserved the position of the minister of petroleum resources for himself.
Not until he appointed a new Group Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, the president never wanted to appoint a minister of state for petroleum.
In due course, Mr Buhari appointed Dr Ibe Kachikwu to oversee the affairs of the country’s oil and gas sector as a junior minister while he remained the minister of petroleum.
However, Buhari’s cabinet has not been able to perform to expectation, rather it is stinking with scams and abuse of office.
The various allegations of frauds have pervaded the administration that is out to fight corruption. It began with the alleged diversion of about N300 billion by a suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir David Lawal and the stashing of about N13 billion in an Ikoyi residence by a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.
Both were investigated by a presidential panel chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and consequently suspended by the committee.
Nigerians have demanded the prosecution of the two public officers but up till now, nothing is heard, including the report of the investigative committee.
Before now, wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari had come out to say that cabals had taken over her husband’s regime and that they might destroy the good intention of Mr President to reduce the level of corruption in the public and private domains.
Also, the senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani urged the president to look inward that there were some members of his cabinet that would never allow his anti-corruption policies to work.
Their observations sounded unfair to some members of the federal executive council who thought that the lawmaker was overstepping his boundary.
As a matter of fact, the president went on air to say that his wife knew nothing about government. He said that Aisha belonged to the kitchen and the other rooms.
However, in less than three weeks, issues bordering on corruption, misappropriation, illegal appointment and reinstatement of a corrupt dismissed public officer had subsumed the Buhari’s administration.
Kachikwu’s memo to Buhari began with an allegation of insubordination against Baru. It grew to become NNPC contract scam to the tune of $25 billion.
It was never investigated. Rather the two warring officers were asked to settle their grievances amicably in the interest of the country.
Aisha raised another alarm about the poor state of the health centre inside Aso Rock. She revealed that about N3 billion was budgeted for the clinic but there was no syringe to take care of a patient at the hospital.
Last week, Nigerians were dazed to read that a former Chairman, Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina who is on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC returned to the country from his hideouts and was reinstated into the public service.
His new position as the acting director in the Ministry of Interior threw the government off balance. His reinstatement open “Can of Lies” as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau and the Head of Service Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita alleged themselves of the complicity behind Maina’s reinstatement.
Maina’s gate was linked to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami whom investigation revealed actually approved the return of the wanted man to the Nigeria public service.
It is a stinking cabinet filled with cabals.