Ita Enang, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly affairs (senate), who is believed to bear the list, is now at the national assembly, further fuelling reports that the list of ministerial nominees will reach the upper chamber on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party swiftly countered the claim by the opposition, attributing the delay by the president largely on the transfer of power from one party to another.
“From his hesitancy and comments, it is deducible that President Buhari never meant to appoint ministers but rather prefers to run a monocracy and evidently does not value or respect those he would nominate as ministers”, Metuh said.
All things being equal, the communication from Buhari to Saraki, containing the list in line with the provisions of the constitution, which mandates the President to send such list to the Senate for screening and confirmation, would be received today.
“Once the list is submitted, let us ensure that we treat it with dispatch and thoroughness”.
He had at different times said he was in search of Nigerians with integrity to be part of his team that would reposition the country.
“The refusal to have ministers has resulted in the government conveying dictatorial inclinations as amply exhibited in its adamant stance in running a government without the statutory component of an executive cabinet, even when the negative consequences of this unusual totalitarian approach are taking serious toll on the polity”, he added.
“This will enable us to begin to respond in a more systematic manner to the various economic and social challenges before us, especially through our various committees that will also be constituted soon”.
“Much more pathetic and shocking, but very revealing of the insincerity and ineptitude of those around the president was the disconcerting excuse by an aide of the president in trying to explain away this blunder”. He already left New York for Abuja. PDP criticised the president and his entourage for failing to attend a meeting on Boko Haram and internally displaced persons at the ongoing United Nations summit.