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Buhari’s Second Cabinet And Other Matters

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Nigeria News takes a look at how the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari should look in his second term.

President Muhammadu Buhari should not have problem choosing his ministers this second term.

The president is supposed to have learnt that in politics, it is not how long it takes to choose members of the cabinet that matters but how well.

As a matter of fact, the present ministers and special advisers were appointed six months after Buhari was sworn-in. The delay in their appointment brought no new value to the country democracy.

Many of the ministers have failed to impress members of the public. Their performance was not better than their predecessors.

A source at the presidency revealed that almost all of these ministers would be sent back home by June, shortly after the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. President on May 29 and that new ones would be appointed in the same month.

It is very possible, only if the All Progressives Congress (APC) and by extension President Buhari had done his homework on those that will work with him.

The ruling APC is dissipating so much energy on who will lead the ninth National Assembly without paying enough attention on the executive arms.

This is the time for APC to learn from the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was able to select and come up with the most robust cabinet during his eight-year-regime.

Obasanjo ran an inclusive government. He extended his cabinet beyond his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He emphasized more on technocracy, using experts to drive the economy and politicians to popularize his government.

No other successive government after Obasanjo had learnt from this, rather, they subjected democracy to federal character based on ethnicity and religion. Late President Umoru Yar’Adua would have done well but his untimely exit.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet had some shining stars but the government was soiled with impunity. There were some cabinet members who capitalized on the weakness of Jonathan to rock the boat of the nation. Looting of public treasury was high, corruption was in control. It was a time the president said that stealing was not corruption.

As it was in the Jonathan era, so it is now. There are some mafias in Buhari’s government that steal with style. So if the coming cabinet must be strong, the ruling party must begin to scout for technocrats now. I do not see the reason why the former Minister of Agriculture who is now the current president of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi  Adesina cannot form part of Buhari’s cabinet.

Professor Kingsley Mogbalu is a political economist who happened to be the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the last presidential election.

Buhari will need these brains in his cabinet. Another example is the current Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler who had turned the agency around and lessened the burden on their appointment oil economy.

Fowler has increased tax generation for the country, his grains of wit are more needed in Buhari’s cabinet. There should be more work from APC leadership now than before in choosing who will run this country with Buhari.

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