Aisha outburst: It’s high time Buhari shakes up his cabinet, says Frank
• ‘Reward Process Is Work In Progress’
The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank, has applauded the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, for opening up on the feelings of disenchantment among supporters of the party across the country.
Frank, in a statement, maintained that Aisha’s outburst was not meant to discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.He enjoined President Buhari to act fast and correct some of the abnormalities currently threatening the existence of the party (APC).
He warned the ranks of the opposition not to rejoice or misinterpret the issue, adding that Aisha’s viewpoint represents the mindset of supporters of the party who felt sidelined in the scheme of things.
Frank said: “I think Mrs. Buhari deserves commendation because she is actually speaking the minds of not only the party members, but Nigerians. “What Mrs. Buhari has said is not different from what some of us have been saying that it is high time the President shakes up his cabinet and bring in people who understand the manifestoes of the party and could help the party deliver on its change mantra, especially, the economy of the country needs an urgent attention.
“Some of our leaders, like the Senate President Bukola Saraki, have made this same observation in the past and I think they meant well for the administration and the country. I will also join them in appealing to the president to do the needful.
“Nigerian women in politics and other wives of presidents in the world have a lot to learn from what Mrs. Buhari has done. “We should not forget in a hurry that this was what the former First Lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan failed to do to her husband when few people hijacked his government and brought the government down.”
But the party’s National Vice Chairman (South-South), Mr. Hillard Eta, enjoined supporters of the party to exercise restraint on the issue since the reward process will be a gradual one.
“I do not have any comment on the matter because I have not been presented with any evidence that the First Lady said anything. I need to have first-hand evidence on the issue.
“However, I think that the process of reward in the party is work in progress. I don’t think that all of the patronages have been exhausted in the party. It is only after this has been done before you will now be able to have an appraisal of the party. The reward process is work in progress.
“It may not be unconnected with the unavailability of resources to fund all of these ministries, departments and agencies of government properly. “I am not so sure because this is within the purview of Mr. President. For now since it is work in progress we can only exercise some patience,” he said.