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Waiting For Buhari’s Ministers

Posted: Sep 13, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to govern the country for over 100 days without a cabinet. Despite the modest achievements claimed by the administration in the first 100 days in office, analysts believe that the government would have achieved more if it has constituted a cabinet within the period. But it appears the end to the long waiting for the cabinet is in sight as the president has promised to name the cabinet before the end of September. President Buhari who made the earlier promise in July, gave the assurance during the visit to President John Mahama of Ghana on Monday.

Cover ChoiceWhile the president is prepared to keep the September promise, he admitted  the challenge facing his choice. It is true that President Buhari must have started the process, he admitted during the interview granted to BBC Hausa service on Tuesday that he has the problem of finishing the process. “There are people that deserve to hold the position because of their knowledge in either financial issues or oil sector or even in governance. But you discover that in one way or the other, and whether they knew it or not, they were dragged to such unwholesome practices.”

Buhari who has not shifted ground on the quality of people that would make his ministerial lists also stated, “From what I have seen so far, we need really patriotic Nigerians – Nigerians that can work very hard, knowledgeable, experienced, committed Nigerians – to be in charge of ministries.”

Another challenge that may confront Buhari as he tries to finally select the ministers is the reality of party’s demand and input into the choice.

It is a known practice in our democracy that those party men and women that worked for his victory and that of the party in the general elections should be compensated with ministerial and other appointment. Buhari’s constraint may either be to accept the party’s choice names even if some of them are them did not meet up his requirements or insist on the qualifications.

According to a leader of the party who did not want his name to be mentioned in the press said during the merger and campaigns, there was an agreement on position sharing which the president cannot deny.

Though they denied it, it was alleged that the visit of former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and that of the former interim National Chairman of APC, Bisi Akande to Aso Rock on Wednesday was to further the discussion on the choice of ministers.

Debunking the rumour of coming to make input in the cabinet to be announced, Tinubu while addressing State House correspondent states; “What can I do about that, they have the right to speculate, they have the right to their lies and I have the right to debunk,” he said.

Whatever the pressure, it is expected that Mr. President will not shift the appointment of the ministers beyond September as tongues have started wagging  over the continued delay since May 29 when the new administration was sworn in.