Min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees: What the peo­ple say

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - Com­piled by Ibrahim Kabiru Sule, Sak­i­nat Abubakar and Zulei Mo­hammed (Abuja); Balarabe Alka­s­sim (Bauchi); Femi Aki­nola, and Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu (La­gos); Ahmed A. Mo­hammed (Bauchi); Yusha’u A. Ibrahim (Kano); Itodo Daniel Sule (Lokoja); Habibu Umar Aminu (Ka

Mama Ab­dul­hafiz (Res­tau­ra­teur): The de­lay did not mat­ter at all. All I wish is that the min­is­ters should work as they are ex­pected to do. They should join their hands to­gether and make Nige­ria a bet­ter coun­try.

Malam Abubakar Atiku: (cleric):

My ad­vice for our sen­a­tors is that they should not waste any time in screen­ing the min­is­ters to en­able them start work with the pres­i­dent im­me­di­ately. Let me use this op­por­tu­nity to cau­tion the sen­a­tors to keep pol­i­tics aside in per­form­ing their con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of screen­ing the min­is­ters.

John Tior (car­pen­ter):

I ex­pected the pres­i­dent to ap­point Nige­ri­ans be­low 45 years as min­is­ters, peo­ple who un­der­stand what we, the young peo­ple in the coun­try, are fac­ing. But the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple on that list are old peo­ple who can only mis­ap­pro­pri­ate and loot the na­tion's re­sources.

Hus­saini Umar (nurse): The first list of the min­is­ters will calm ag­i­ta­tions for fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Although there is no­body from Bauchi, the list was fair. The names of Og­bon­naya Onu and Sen­a­tor Chris Ngige will re­duce the ag­i­ta­tions from the peo­ple of the South-east who al­leged that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari had side­lined them in his pre­vi­ous ap­point­ments.

Ba­bangida Muham­mad (civil ser­vant): I don't know most of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees but know­ing what Buhari stands for, the names he for­warded to the Se­nate for screen­ing must be of cred­i­ble and com­pe­tent in­di­vid­u­als. The likes of Amina Ibrahim and Amina Al­has­san are com­pe­tent women from their re­spec­tive states.

Tine Paul (driver): If these were the kind of peo­ple Pres­i­dent Buhari had wanted to nom­i­nate as min­is­ters, I don't think there was any need for pro­cras­ti­na­tion. He should have just ap­pointed them with­out de­lay be­cause these are peo­ple who have al­ready made name po­lit­i­cally.

Sal­ihu Ma­gaji (Na­tional Youth Pa­tri­otic Fo­rum): The min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees are peo­ple that will show ex­em­plary lead­er­ship and this will pro­mote the vi­sion and mis­sion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari which Nige­ri­ans have been yearn­ing for. We are sure that Buhari and vice pres­i­dent Os­in­bajo are ready to work for Nige­ri­ans and they have demon­strated that since their as­sump­tion of of­fice. The list of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees proved their worth.

Malam Sanusi Ah­mad Dahir (Teacher): The list of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees proved that Mr Pres­i­dent will be fair to all.

Us­man Gana Has­san (med­i­cal stu­dent): Most of the peo­ple nom­i­nated by the pres­i­dent for min­is­te­rial ap­point­ment have el­e­ment of cor­rup­tion in them and may not likely per­form as ex­pected by Nige­ri­ans. Most of them have held po­si­tions in the past and we have heard so much about them. Buhari should have cho­sen peo­ple with bet­ter records, peo­ple who are free from cor­rup­tion. Buhari is not cor­rupt, but if he works with peo­ple that are cor­rupt, that will re­duce the con­fi­dence peo­ple have in him.

Isma’il Garba Tsakuwa (car­pen­ter): The nom­i­nees would have no op­tion than to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the pres­i­dent and Nige­ri­ans. Buhari has in the last four months clearly high­lighted the pol­icy di­rec­tion of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, aimed at chang­ing the eco­nomic for­tune of the coun­try

and zero tol­er­ance to cor­rup­tion.

Umameh Ocholi (ap­pli­cant): I’m dis­ap­pointed be­cause we ex­pected that the pres­i­dent would ap­point 'an­gels' into his cab­i­net af­ter such a long de­lay. There are al­le­ga­tions on the head of some of the pro­posed min­is­ters and I won­der why the pres­i­dent de­cided to for­ward their names for con­fir­ma­tion as mem­bers of the fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Ken Og­blechi (land­lord ): So far, I think the Pres­i­dent has done a good thing; the peo­ple have been yearn­ing for the list to come out and I think the next thing we want to see is who and who would pass the screen­ing. So, let us wait and see what the Se­nate will fi­nally give to Nige­ri­ans.

Mon­day Ajoro (com­mer­cial driver): I have no is­sues with Buhari's min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees be­cause they must have been se­lected af­ter due se­cu­rity checks and scru­tiny by the pres­i­dent. I am con­fi­dent that the pro­posed min­is­ters would work with Buhari to bring about the needed change in the coun­try.

Ab­dul­lahi Tanko (civil ser­vant): Go­ing by the names, most are good ma­te­ri­als-for­mer gover­nors, sen­a­tors and they know the pres­i­dent, but they should do away with pol­i­tics and work for the coun­try.

Umar Ya'u (teacher): There is no sur­prise at all. Most of the nom­i­nees are old names that were re­cy­cled. How­ever there are some po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions so as to ap­pease the Ig­bos who have claimed marginal­i­sa­tion .

Taiwo Ola­pade (jour­nal­ist):

I ex­pect the Se­nate to do a thor­ough job on this list. It shouldn't be a 'take a bow' af­fair at the Se­nate. Nige­ri­ans are in­ter­ested in see­ing un­tainted peo­ple as mem­bers of the fed­eral cab­i­net. If there is any pe­ti­tion against any of the nom­i­nees, I want to plead to the Se­nate to in­ves­ti­gate such nom­i­nee through the EFCC.

Em­manuel Ayan­tunde: I won­der why Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari did not send the whole names, in­stead of re­leas­ing the names in batches.

Mrs Jum­mai Musa (house­wife): The pres­i­dent has nom­i­nated con­fi­dants he be­lieves could work with him in bring­ing about change in the coun­try. I want to urge Nige­ri­ans to be pa­tient and watch out for the per­for­mance of those nom­i­nated.

Olayi­wola Olaniy­onu (hu­man right ac­tivist): I am sur­prised that for­mer gover­nor Fashola made the min­is­te­rial list, in spite of the is­sue of his N78 mil­lion in­vested on per­sonal web­site, which he ad­mit­ted. The pe­ti­tion against him was an in­dict­ment on his per­son. There are some al­le­ga­tions against him and his party men are against his be­com­ing a min­is­ter from La­gos.

Yusuf Abba (stu­dent):

The list was a good one be­cause it has in dis­play politi­cians and tech­nocrats. I hope they would live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Muham­mad Ibrahim Khal­ifa (civil ser­vant): The min­is­te­rial list must be com­mended be­cause it fea­tured peo­ple like for­mer La­gos State gover­nor, Fashola, who is worka­holic. But ac­tu­ally, he (pres­i­dent) did not recog­nise youth. Most of them are house­hold names. It seems there is no much dif­fer­ence with the past.

Muhammed Rabiu (tri­cy­clist): I am happy be­cause the de­lay was not in vain. He took his time to choose the best for us and we agree with him be­cause he is trust­wor­thy and he is a man of in­tegrity.

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