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Ministerial List: Wait For Official Announcement, APC Tells Nigerians

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 ...Says Buhari Qualified To Head Petroleum Ministry


By Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos


The All Progressives  Congress (APC) on Thursday, October 1, 2015, said Nigerians should not accept in its entirety the list being bandied around in the media and be patient for the official announcement of the names of the ministerial nominees by the Nigerian Senate next Tuesday.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed, who spoke in an interview with Daily Independent, said whatever names currently published in the media, no matter how authoritative, are mere speculations and should not be accepted as the names sent by the President to the Senate.

It There have been speculations in the media as to those who will constitute Buhari’s cabinet, with reports that Lagos-based lawyer, Femi Falana, had been penciled down as the Attorney- General and Minister of Justice.

Falana’s name, however, is missing from the present list being circulated.

According to Mohammed, “Unfortunately, the Senate is yet to read the list, so whatever you read anywhere is mere speculation. Not until the Senate President reads out the list on Tuesday, it will be too premature for anybody to start making a comment on who and who is on the list.

“But from what I take from what the President said this morning, people think there has been undue delay but he explained that the delay was due to the fact that there were no proper handover notes and that the transition committee was not helped much because the transition committee did not receive the handover notes until about four days to the handover.”

Also speaking on the statement credited to Buhari that he will be in charge of the Ministry of Petroleum, the APC spokesman said  Buhari, as one-time Minister of Petroleum and the  Commander-in- Chief, is in the best position to oversee the very important ministry.

“I think not only all in the APC will be comfortable with that but I think Nigerians should be comfortable with it because he has been minister for petroleum resources before. So, he is not a rookie in the business.

“And I think if the oil today accounts for almost 70 per cent of all our revenue, I think it is only proper that somebody who is knowledgeable, who has the experience and who is the Commander-in- chief should take that position,” he said.