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Buhari’s Minister: So That I May Know My Cabinet

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Nigeria News takes a look at the Buhari’s list of ministers.

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari finally sent a list of 43 persons to the National Assembly as his nominees for ministerial posts.

This barely five months now that the president was voted in for the second term, yet the Federal Executive Council is yet to be formed.

Nigeria is being run by Buhari and Permanent Secretaries since when the president was sworn-in on May 29.

He told the leadership of the National Assembly at a dinner that he did not want to rush himself in choosing those that will work with him because he had learned his lesson from the immediate past members of the cabinet, many of them he did not know.

Buhari spent six months during his first tenure to pick his ministers over the same reason that he wanted the best. He said that he was under serious pressure now to appoint ministers but that he would only choose those he knows personally.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina is more or less a cabinet member whose appointment from the first tenure has not expired.

The president has also refused to drop his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Both still dole out information for the presidency.

Undoubtedly, the delay in appointing the body of the federal executive, weeks after the ninth assembly had been inaugurated has serious economic implication and of course opportunity to really observe if the Senate and the House of Representatives are rubberstamped.

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawal was quoted to have said that President Buhari would forward the list of his ministers to the lawmakers two weeks ago, only to deny the report.

As at Sunday, the Senate had to issue a week ultimatum to the president to forward the list. To me, this could be one of the political games being played out by the ruling All Progressives Congress to make members of the public think that the Senate is working.

If it is about whom Buhari knows, then it means the larger percentage of the old, inefficient strangers that he worked with for three and a half years would make the list. And so he did in his 43-man-list with the inclusion of some fresh faces like Festus Keyamu and Rauf Aregbesola from Delta and Osun respectively.

The former ministers were strangers to him before their appointment but now they are his close allies, having entrusted the socio-economic sector of this country in their hands for more than three years.

Only a few of them did some quality jobs and if they must return, the country is in for another four years of excuses and blame game. Another new face is Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora from Lagos while Babatunde Fashola was also returned for Lagos.

The first term of Buhari to me was crappy. It was a government of propaganda and I foresee the same feat this second term with the way things are going.

I suspect that the same set of cabal who ruled this country in the last four years may be on their way back to continue with the inefficiency and vendetta.

While I wish Buhari to choose real men of courage over ethnic warlords, I urge the Senate and the House of Representatives to wake up to their responsibilities.

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