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Buhari Is Being Cautious – Prof. Ajiboye  

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 12:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Prof. Segun Ajiboye is the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI), and Prof Martins Anetekhai is former head of Department of Fishery, Lagos State University (LASU). In separate interviews with WILLIAM IGENEGBAI, they speak on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration a month after inauguration. Excerpts…

What is your opinion on the delay in the president picking his ministers?

The first thing I can say is that the delay is deliberate because the President is trying to be cautious in selecting his team. It is better to delay than to select wrong people into government as ministers. I therefore think that Nigerians should not be too much in a hurry. In essence, what the president is trying to do is to ensure that the calibre of people he will select into his cabinet are people of proven integrity and not those who will come to government and betray the trust of Nigerians. So I think the President is just being careful and I feel Nigerians should be patient with the president on this matter. In any case, the Senate that is supposed to screen and approve the ministers is currently on recess. It means that the President still has time to nominate people with credible integrity and I strongly support that position, rather than hurriedly putting together a team and at the end of the day he begins to regret. So, I think what the President is trying to do is to get people of proven integrity to appoint them into government. You know it also took Jonathan more than a month after he took over to put his cabinet together. What I feel we should do is to be patient with President to pick people who can deliver.


Prof. Segun Ajiboye

Prof. Segun Ajiboye

It took a month after the election before he was sworn in and it is now more than a month after the swearing-in

What you have to bear in mind is that it was about four days to his swearing in that the transition documents were submitted to the President. So he needs enough time to study the documents, and it’s after studying the documents that he can begin to consider those he feels can work with him in line with the specific issues that have been raised in the document. I think we should give him the benefit of time.

 Don’t you think the delay is having some negative impact on, or slowing down governance?

Yes, but you know, Nigerians are going to be better for it. It is better to delay than to get wrong people in positions. What Nigerians should be worried about is getting the right people to serve them and not when the cabinet is formed. It is understandable that Nigerians are in a hurry to start to experience the change that they voted for. So they should please give this man enough room so that mistakes will not be made. You know there are some mistakes you can make and cannot be easily corrected. So please let Nigerians give this man enough time to get the best people in place.