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Why I will not appoint ministers until September – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday,  said  that he will not appoint ministers until September, saying that such appointments “cannot and should not be rushed.”

Buhari made this known in an article he authored  titled, “Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror”,  and published by the Washington Post on Monday, July 20, 2015, before he met with President Barack Obama.

In the article, Buhari said it was pertinent for him to take his time to select the right persons to work him in order for him to put in  rules of conduct and good governance. He noted that it would not have been prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have appointed ministers immediately after he was sworn in.

He said, “already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.

“When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.

“I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.

President Buhari explained that absence of framework for good governance and necessary systems to check the conducts of past political office holders accounted for the problems facing the country. He added that absence of the such framework  accounted for prevalence of corrupt practices and why the fight against  Boko Haram insurgency had not yielded much result.

“I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.

“There are too few examples in the history of Nigeria since independence where it can be said that good management and governance were instituted at a national level. This lack of a governance framework has allowed many of those in charge, devoid of any real checks and balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is testament to how badly Nigeria has been run. This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.”


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  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Buhari is not concerned by the fact that the Nigeria Stock Exchange has lost over N1Trillion due to the absence of policy frame work and executive council. By the time he is ready, the Nigerian economy would have become irretrievable down. That is the type of change we have been plunged into

    • Emmanuel A.J

      Where is the link to your claim? Substantiate the fact that lack of policy direction has grossly affected the stocks. You are simply falling for mob mentality. If there’s anything to blame for the imaginary loss you alluded to, certainly it must be due to the eleventh hour change of NSE leadership by Jonathan. I understand the elasticity and vulnerability of stocks, but to squarely put the blame of its loses on PMB is like crying in the rain.

      • ken

        you and your cohorts in crime against Naija will be put to shame.God bless Buhari

        • Emmanuel A.J

          Sitting on the fence youngster? Are you for Buhari or PDP? Make a stand. My comment shows I’m 100% in support of Buhari’s style of looking before he leaps. Or you can’t read between the lines?

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        My dear, I don’t believe in speculative analysis. Channels read this news and specifically emphasized on those indices the same way the relevant resource people NSE gave them. It wasn’t a one-off news but a major bulletin that was repeated almost throughout the holiday. Stocks react to a lot of uncertainties, government inactions are part of them

    • Dagbo

      Anyone that blames PMB for Nigeria economy downfall is a big fool. The stock market will come back up when PMB is done with all the looters. $150 bi…. Nigeria don’t have to sell any oil for revenue for few years to meet his financial obligation with Baba in power of course. Can someone please tell me what is Nigeria annual national budget.
      God bless Nigeria. God bless PMB.

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        It takes a fool to see professional reasons as foolish. Nigeria has lost over N1 Trillion in the past 60 days and the longest consecutive weekly losses since 2011. The operators of NSE attributed it to lack of spelt out government policy and uncertainty due to the absence of Executive Council. Your contribution is to call resource people that gave reasons fools because of someone that has manifested intellectual weakness as a result of proven illiteracy

        • olakunle oladehin

          Myopic as usual. The race is a long one. Not a sprint. Pay no attention to current losses? Put you gaze on the bigger picture….. That is if squandrels don’t come and scuttle this hard earned achievements in future. In PMB we trust!!!!!!!!

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            That is reminiscent of African ideology. Nigeria has lost most of her gains against Boko Haram before election. More death have been recorded over this short period than any other similar period prior to Buhari’s coming. A colossal failure on insecurity he preached throughout election. Since it is other people that are being cut down, it doesn’t matter so long as a Hausa Fulani is president. Thank God, the people of Niger Delta understood this illiteracy factor earlier and discouraged everyone from sabotage otherwise these economic tragedy would have been attributed to them. Big shame

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            You’ve earned an applause from my end. Thanks

          • sammyo

            You are dumb and knows nothing about economy neither is Chief Illiterate of the federation who is galvanising around. APC is full of empty barrels and by september it will be way too late to reverse the damage. Only fools will be looking for anything tangible from groups of swindlers, looters, pen robbers and political jobbers who are in power in Nigeria now. The last promise is not yet over the promise will continue since they are bunch of Oluwole certificate holders.

  • Samuel Enwelim

    using america as your point of reference shows ur deficiencies in governance-bokohari

    • olajaman

      U’re just so dumb! #smh

  • olakunle oladehin

    There is only one reason I openly campaigned and canvassed for PMB. (stamp out corruption and indiscipline at the top) And I can already see it in action. Of course there will always be antagonists. And they can only be those who have directly or indirectly benefited from indiscipline and corrupt practices of previous administrations.

    $150bil is no joke………..

    PMB, even if it takes one year to get it right, we will wait.

    Fix this country Baba!!!