Editorial: Much Ado About A Ministerial List

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Editorial: Much Ado About A Ministerial List

After all the wait, the highly anticipated ministerial (at least part of it) was read by the Senate President on Tuesday October 6 2015. The list as presented by Saraki was basically the same list that has been in circulation in the social media for some time. This official release of the ministerial list brings to an anti-climax the long wait for this list. The question many Nigerians are now asking is, what was all the wait really for?

In trying to explain the situation, many Buhari loyalists have given different reasons for the delay. Initially, the reason for the delay was said to be that Mr President needed time to thoroughly screen candidates so as to find incorruptible Nigerians. However, seeing that the people listed are no where near the angels and saints most anticipated, other reasons have now been proffered.

The news reasons now range from the President needing time to clean up the ministries to the President needing time to first merge the ministries before appointing the ministers. If these reasons are anywhere near true, one will be forced to further ask more questions.

Before the questions, we can assume that since Mr President has released his ministerial list, these ministries have now been sanitized  (this is left to be seen). Now to the questions. The first question we will ask with regards to the cleaning of the ministries prior to appointing ministers is this. Who did the cleaning? The permanent secretaries or Mr President himself?

Anyone who knows ministries knows that permanent secretaries are the ones who understand how the corruption in those ministries really works. Trying to insinuate that they the permanent secretaries are the ones now sanitizing the ministries is very laughable.

Is it Mr President who sanitized the ministries? How did he do it?

The second question with regards to the excuse that he wanted to first merge the ministries before appointing ministers is this. Have the ministries now been merged? What ministries were affected and how many ministries do we now have?

Mr President simply set himself up for all the criticism he is now enjoying. President Buhari started by saying civil servants were lazy. Next, he called ministers “noise makers.” He made Nigerians believe that he could only work with people of high morals and clean records. The list now seems to show him to be a person whose words cannot be taken seriously.

Groups are now petitioning the Senate not to approve the nomination of certain people on the list as they have questions to answer in their respective states. Buhari should know that as each day passes by, he is losing much of the goodwill he entered with. With promises denied and actions that are not consistent with the much touted fight against corruption, many Nigerians are seeing this change as a mere scam.

Mr President must redeem his image by first saying only what he can do. Next he must begin to really preside over the affairs of this country as he promised. It is now time to  begin to deliver on the promises he made during the campaigns.

Like we have frequently reminded Mr President, he is one man and cannot do more than one man. He needs a team of excellent workers to help him steer this country forward. He needs to stop behaving as if other Nigerians are the worst people on earth and that he alone is worthy.

Nigerians are tired of all the propaganda and talk. Stop blaming the past and start creating the future you promised. Nigerians want a positive change.

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John Donald
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Have you even see something yet ? Did Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and Obasanjo during Obasanjo civilian regime not the worst criminals set of People Nigeria ever had ? If You want to argue me , just come to Ikot Abasi L.G.A in Akwa Ibom State you will simply agree with me that am saying the truth . The Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) was sold out to Russians by senator Udoma Udo Udoma and Obasanjo on behalf of Nigeria Gov’t instead of selling it to BFIG of America that won the bidding during the privatization . Later senator… Read more »
Akilu Setle
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from the mistakes, mischief,and wicked of the pass you build a better future. a country that was left with empty treasury need sanitization before proceedings and on the list only lion of the nijadelta and owner of lagosian that attracts your attention but I assure you wait and see the best democracy from a really democrat

Johnson Nanribet Solomon
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#Dimien Edonkumoh & #Akilu Setle. There is no need 4 all these insults btw U guys. We are the youths, the future of this country. Let’s think of the way 4ward & stop wasting our precious time on unfruitful arguments and also stop calling 1 another names. The question we should be asking ourselves is; what can we do to develop? The WHITES are always thinking of the way 4ward & achieving gr8t things while we the BLACKS are busy fighting each other to get the WHITES enriched. Image us buying data to get wasted on insulting each other, while… Read more »
Akilu Setle
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#dimien I think you lack sense of understanding go tru my post and check I say you should wait but for your local and primitive way of understanding I will advise you to look for a teacher coz your previous learning was a waste

Dimien Edonkumoh
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pls go back to school to b tutored on what real Democracy is.In real democracy, dss and security apparatus do not go to court to arrest others for testifying against d ruling party. In ideal democracy, d president doesn’t appoints his in law as INEC chairman and some sections of d country praising dat. In real democracy, people speak against der party when d constitution is breached. Pdp failed us no doubt about that, so y comparing or doing same thing they did? In real democracy, a president doesn’t make statements like 97% and 5 % and some sections of… Read more »
Collins Ogbonna
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Right on point; This administration may end up using more than one year on narratives. I wonder how many years they will use for the magic they promised Nigerians. The people are in hurry to see the change promised by APC, but I guess we are going to wait for too long, going by the style of this administration.

Dimien Edonkumoh
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so @#Akilu, Nigeria prior to d past 6yrs has been in d hands of St. Popes and Imams? u guys keep displaying yo tribalism and myopic reasoning. Just say Nigeria has been in bad governments, y restricting it to d last 6yrs. tribal bigot like u

Akilu Setle
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a Nigeria dat is been in the hands of selfish greedy looters for six years can not be changed in six months pls my brother dis government is really doing the best. slow and steady win the race

Sunday Ajayi
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That is new nigerians

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