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Why Buhari must rejig cabinet, by Okorocha

By Terhemba Daka (Abuja) and Julius Osahon (Yenagoa)   |   17 October 2016   |   4:36 am
Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a group photograph with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a group photograph with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

‘First Lady’s comment timely, commendable’

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of his wife, Aisha, and other Nigerians to rejig his cabinet.

According to the governor, there is need to bring in people who would help to actualise the vision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Nigeria.

Aisha, while speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) last week about some appointments made by her husband, cautioned that she might not support his re-election in 2019 if the president failed to shake up his cabinet.

Her words: “Not only me in person, because after receiving complaints upon complaints, I decided to tell him. But all the same, a lot of people have been coming on their own and also collectively to tell him that things are not going the way it should when it comes to putting people in certain positions.

“Because most of those that are occupying positions in agencies, nobody knows them and they themselves don’t know our party manifesto, what we campaigned for. They were not part of us completely. People were sitting down in their houses, folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or take a ministerial position. They don’t have a mission or vision of our APC.”

Speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja yesterday, Okorocha, the chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, who returned with Buhari from Germany at the weekend, urged the president to harken to the voice of the people.

He remarked: “Quite frankly, I am a governor and I know where the shoe pinches most. It is like somebody in the game and those who are outside seem to see more. So it’s natural. I think for any reason, if there is a clarion call on Mr. President to look into his cabinet and bring in more people, there is nothing wrong in taking note of the comments from Nigerians.

“If everyone keeps saying the same thing, there must be a sense in what they are saying. But that is not really the situation that should create a big hullabaloo like this big thing we are all attaching to it.

“Most people in the APC feel they are not carried along, so many people who worked for the party are complaining everyday. They want appointment, the people in the south-east are saying that they have not been appointed, some people from the north east are saying they have not been appointed, even some people in the north-west where the president comes from. Some people at local government are saying they have not been remembered. So at what point do we draw this line. But there is always room for amendment.”

Okorocha dismissed the allegation that Buhari used the opportunity of the visit to seek medical attention in Germany.

He said: “The president never went for any medical check-up. At least I was with him till 1 a.m. after dinner before I left him and he went to bed, and the following day I came out to see him in the morning.

“He didn’t go to any hospital. The only hospital we went to was to see a military general who had an accident. I don’t know why in this part of the world people are only happy when someone is down. I think we also have to change our attitude.

“If Buhari succeeds, it is Nigeria that is succeeding, and if Nigeria fails it is not Buhari that is failing. So we just need to support him to succeed so that all of us can be happy.”

On the president’s wife’s interview with the BBC, the governor said both comments were taken out of context: “I was there when Mr. President made the comment. I think both the interview and the comment were taken out of context. I can understand why the international community speaks on this matter because of human rights and all that is going on around the world.




  • Basil Ogbanufe

    Okay, the advice of the opposition PDP is being heeded.

    • Wole

      What is the advice of PDP if I may ask? To appoint their members into office? God forbid! when next they win the presidential election, their members will be appointed.

      • Basil Ogbanufe

        But Udoma Udoma, minister of budget and planing is PDP.

        • Wole

          He was, but not currently just like many other too like Amaechi, Saraki, Atiku, Former senate leader Ndoma Egba etc

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            Is that so?!

          • Wole

            yes indeed.

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            So if GEJ joins APC now he too will be a clean guy?

          • Wole

            how can? has he accounted for the arms deal funds they shared around?

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            But what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

            Or is GEJ’s case an exception?

          • Wole

            All the beneficiaries of the arms deal are being made to either refund the money or face prosecution, no exception. You can name one if you know

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            Olu Falae said he will not return the N100m he received from Tony Anenih which was received from Dasuki.

          • Justman Reuben

            We need a political template that works.If Mr.Buharai and Mr.Osibanjo will spend the next three years setting up a workable template for transparency, trust, accountability, justice and equity, fairness, opportunity and equality and good governance well let it be, because if we are all after the short cut to grab for our families, tribes and regions and we have never as a nation asked ourselves for a template that translates our philosophy as a people, as black people, as Africans and as God’s creations we will always will and come back ireespective of who is at helms of affairs.Mr.Jonathan’s presidency provided us with an opportunity to allow Nigerians other than Igbo, Yoruba,Hausa-Fulani to be a president , we ought to continue that path and we should go that way after an Igbo has finished becoming because an Ibo has to be president if we are thinking right and fair. Now look at what is happening in South Africa were Nigerians are being killed like chickens. I remembered why I was in College in the Eighties some of my course mates were south Africans schooling in Nigeria with FG scholarships while I was paying fees they were schooling free, every thing free. All we did to help south Africa and now all we get back is hatred and killing of Nigerians.

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            My brother I will advice we forget about this enterprise/project called Nigeria. It’s a British colonial initiative and creation meant to serve British colonial interests and pleasures. It was never created for the peoples of the territory of Nigeria. This is why Nigerians are not a people. Nigerian is simply an appellation. Let us pray and work towards the disintegration and annulment of this enterprise/project called Nigeria. This will give birth to genuine countries of genuine nations and peoples.

            As par template, Buhari and Osinbajo are the worst persons to do that for us. Those men don’t care about Nigeria nor are they concerned about the welfare and future of Nigerians.

    • capt.aka eric

      PDP or no PDP…all we want is good life.

      • Basil Ogbanufe

        It seems the complaining now is louder and things are worse than during the 16 years of PDP.

        • Wole

          Rather, Buhari is the main reason the country is still a living nation today, because had it been we had the looting party and their wayward men e.g. Dasuki and co in power, with the slump in oil market and scarcity of foreign exchange, we would have gone down. You will only understand this, if you really know how the economy of Nigeria works and what bring revenue especially dollar revenue for Nigeria. Many people don’t know how things work and previous and even the current government are always managing information away from the people

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            But his wife just condemned him on BBC Hausa service. And his response was very disappointing.

          • Wole

            Because the woman want appointments for her people and she is not getting.

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            So you now agree with me that the complaining is louder now and things are worse now than the 16 years of PDP.

          • Wole

            Things get worse if you don’t make the right decision at the right time. Things are worse now because the 16 years of the PDP did not make best use of our resources and there was no plan for the rainy days. The reserve was spent down and nothing was added. The economy runs on oil revenue, if the price goes up, things will look bright, when the price goes down, the country also sinks with it except in places where leaders plan for their people’s future.

          • Basil Ogbanufe

            My brother you are making excuses for failure. It means you agree Buhari and his APC have failed.

            Okay, let him rejig his cabinet if things will “change”.

          • Wole

            It is not fair to assess PDP in 16 years with billions of dollars in revenue from oil and gave them pass mark and then assess APC in less than 2 years with acute shortage of revenues in dollars due to crude oil crash and declare them a failure. Tell me, is that a fair comparison?

      • yinka

        Nigeria wants good life or welfare system and want Buhari to provide it now. It will not happen because days of crystal champagne, bullet proof cars, privates jets, huge mansion and others through proceed of looting is over. Hard work and innovating thinking is the way forward for Nigeria. That is how Ghana got out of a worst recession in the 70’s and early 80’s than what Nigeria going through. Yes, Buhari administration needs policy revision and possibly to change some constitutional laws

  • deles4u

    birds of a feather lol

  • capt.aka eric

    it is not about appointments….things are terribly bad and wrong, i guess he can not do the job so he should just trow in the towel and leave the better for all of us.

    • Wole

      Rather, Buhari is the main reason the country is still a living nation today, because had it been we had the looting party and their wayward men e.g. Dasuki and co in power, with the slump in oil market and scarcity of foreign exchange, we would have gone down. You will only understand this, if you really know how the economy of Nigeria works and what bring revenue especially dollar revenue for Nigeria. Many people don’t know how things work and previous and even the current government are always managing information away from the people.

    • Fada4Life

      Nbanu he can never throw in the towel for the looters to re-surface, he can re-constitute his cabinet most especially the economics team. PMB is bad market for the wailing wailer’s

  • Dr Sam Omale

    Whatever re-jigging that would take place must include Nuhu Ribanu immediately. Buhari needs an Idiagbon and for me Nuhu fills that bill. A Chief of Staff.position will be very apt.

  • vincentumenyiora

    Should remind you of my inquisition thus: Like the child crying profoundly and pointing its finger in a direction for attention thus; Write or speak the facts and truth clearly so that when they read it they will be filled with wonderment! And Shakespeare reminded us about things uncommon happening also thus: “There is a lot to be gleaned from things ‘evil’ would men observably distill it out!” So, Aisha has spoken (in a rehash as it were) first as a Nigeria and 2nd as a concerned First Lady of Nigeria for the President to now act! It boils down to that ‘National Orientation’ I talked about if they had embarked on it that early (since 1988 v 92) so that it’ll not matter who (technocrats) is placed to serve purposefully in the administrations we shall have for Nigeria – the President being for all Nigerians and not for APC group or any other only! We now wait to see how things play our with this new observation or exposure, folks!

  • Deji Fadina

    Rochas, thanks for dousing the flames but you too sound too sweet.
    You no be Isobo now!!

  • Mystic mallam

    For us true federalists, we do not give a rat’s behind whom Buhari appoints Minister or adviser or whatever, all we ask is return Nigeria to a true federation and give people the right and opportunity to make the best of their own lives with the talents and capacities god has given them. Stop spoon-feeding us from the centre, that’s the cause of the mass poverty and starvation now looming large across the country. We want a true federalist state in which each state or region can take responsibility for its own socio-economic affairs whale the central government takes care of national security, foreign and monetary affairs, Nothing short of that can deliver Nigeria from its self-imposed instability and backwardness.

  • Jalin

    But he is not succeeding

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