- Buhari may not form his cabinet in the next three weeks.
- Nigerians are anxious, hoping it won’t be a repeat of what happened in 2015.
A close aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that his boss currently under intense pressure to constitute his cabinet.
According to the source, despite the mounting pressure, the President is taking time to select competent individuals as members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
President Buhari took the oath of office on May 29 to begin his second tenure of another four years.
The level of anxiety of some Nigerians has risen asking whether the President will wait for another six months like he did in 2015 when he took over from former President Goodluck Jonathan.
An unconfirmed report says the president Buhari has pencilled down the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, as the new Secretary to the State Government of the Federation (SGF), but the Presidency has described the rumour as fake news.
President Buhari had recently declared that he is yet to discuss the composition of his cabinet with anyone as he was still keeping the list of the possible members of his ministers for the second term to himself.
Butressing the President Buhari’s position, one of his aides who told Vanguard that he was not briefed on when the President would name members of his cabinet, said despite the alleged pressure, “he is taking his time in order to put in place a credible team.”
“The President is not in a hurry. He wants to bring onboard a credible team that understands his aspirations and policy direction.”
While admitting that some former members of the cabinet were still working without the formal submission of their names to the National Assembly for confirmation, the aide said that those who were working was based on informal arrangement.
With Senate on a three-week break after the inauguration, the constitution of the cabinet may take some more weeks.