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So, Who Are The Buhari’s Next Wise Men?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the next Buhari’s cabinet.

As the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara put it, “The problem of Nigeria is not corruption but leadership.”

This might be true, judging by the present Federal Executive Council that is more of mediocrity. The current Buhari’s cabinet has failed to manage the economy of this country.

Some of the ministers are just there to fill the quota system while many of the heads of boards, agencies and parastatals are clear examples of clannishness.

According to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the commission has recovered over N1 trillion in the last three years.

Was the money re-looted or expended? This question becomes imperative because there is no indication that the money has been invested on economy.

Asked to hint on those that may form part of his cabinet, Buhari has kept sealed lips. But a lot of political intrigues are going on, mostly at State government level. Every state of the federation is entitled to one minister. It is not about quality, it is about the quota system.

In the race of who becomes Buhari’s minister, the State governors have a role. It is like nominating a candidate for a national award, which most times is not based on merit.

Here, the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) also has a role to play. This, of course, has always led to a crisis between the governor and the party’s candidate.

The Super minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola, according to findings may be given a new role in the coming cabinet. He holds three ministries of Power, Works and Housing but has failed to deliver as expected by the public.

Fashola is much loved by Buhari, despite his average performance in the three in one ministry but is not much favoured by the political Arithmetic of Lagos APC.

Investigation showed that Wale Edun, a former Lagos Commissioner for Finance is more favoured by the Lagos powerhouse as the State ministerial candidate this time.

Of course, the outgoing Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has also wormed himself to the heart of Buhari, he is not Lagos choice for the ministerial position but may end up as ambassador under this government on a personal relationship with Mr President.

Politicians are seriously lobbying their State governors now. In Ogun, no one is sure who becomes a minister as there are many interest groups.

One is not sure if Buhari will listen to the outgoing Governor, Ibikunle Amosun anymore, following the NYSC certificate Saga of the former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

She was Amosun’s nominee for Ogun State but both disagreed along the line and the crisis eventually led to the revelation of fake NYSC exemption letter that consumed the Minister.

In Ogun, with the new Governor, Dapo Abiodun coming on board, a lot is being put in place to ensure that none of the Amosun’s cronies is appointed as a minister.

As a matter of fact, Amosun remains a suspended member of APC and he is being monitored so that he would not confuse President Buhari on his choice of a minister from Ogun State.

For Oyo, the outgoing Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is interested in the ministerial appointment but the State APC does not consider him as the best it can give to the Federal Executive Council.

Only in Osun and Ekiti that the ministerial choice may not come with a big problem. The current health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole has not done badly but may not be reappointed.

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