President Muhammadu Buhari
Reinforcing failure is attempting to resolve an issue with the identical washed-out instruments, strategies and live-ware. A president is pretty much as good as his cupboard; that is the explanation competence and character, and never political worth, should take priority over each different merchandise in a detailing checklist.
Identical to within the 2015 appointments, when a pathos-inducing denouement settled in after six months of suspense and wearisome wait, the latest appointments are a reprise of the ennui.
I had exorbitant expectations – for change. Maybe, it’s too early to run a judgement report, however why did the president have to attend till 55 days after his inauguration and 5 months after his re-election to duplicate the atypical?
Are these gamers – 43 of them – the very best this administration can supply? One of many brags of the Buhari presidency is ‘’preventing corruption and punishing looters’’, however on the ministerial checklist are the names of two former governors with the sticky grime of allegations of corruption. Is the federal government now doing away with its pretensions of preventing corruption? What occurred to the fanfaronade of solely ‘’credible folks’’ will make it into the cupboard?
Nevertheless, the appointments will not be barren of some Nigerians with good public service information like Sunday Dare, govt commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) and Sharon Ikeazor, govt secretary of PTAD. I had anticipated extra individuals of comparable plume and pluck to be appointed, however we dwell in a rustic the place cronyism politics blights the choice of credible options.
And actually, on what grounds have been Abubakar Malami, former minister of justice, and Mohammed Bello, former minister of the FCT, reappointed? It’s startling.
Malami, as attorney-general of the federation, raked in additional controversies than achievements. It is a chief authorized officer, who defended the federal government’s flagrant repudiation of courtroom orders; who reinstated the EFCC hunted ex-pension chief, Abubakar Maina; influenced his promotion and ordered the fee of his total wage. He’s additionally the legislation officer with inquiries to reply over the fee of $17 million to 2 legal professionals who carried out an already accomplished job within the return of $321 Abacha loot.
As for Bello, his incompetence, lethargy and obfuscation reek at midnight alleys and lethal streets of Abuja; within the heaps of rubbish; within the mushrooms of uncompleted tasks; within the potholes and within the vicious one-chance theft operations within the metropolis.
Additionally, the president, within the time of ‘’change’’, pruned the variety of ministerial places of work from 42 to 36.
In an interview with Channels TV and NTA in New Delhi, India, in October 2015, shortly after the discharge of the names of his ministers, President Buhari mentioned with the feistiness of a military normal that his authorities couldn’t pay 42 ministers; therefore, his resolution to prune the quantity.
He mentioned: “There was 42 ministers, however I feel we will barely preserve half of that now as a result of we can’t afford it.’’
‘’We’re lowering the variety of ministries as a result of we will’t afford to pay. The place is the cash?’’
Can the federal government now afford 43 ministers? Is the financial system not worse off in the present day than it was in 2015? So, the place is the cash? What has modified? Will increasing the cupboard lead to elevated productiveness? Is lowering the price of governance now not possible? Is that this a particular association for the ‘’boys’’ in order to make sure that the cake goes round on this final journey?
As I mentioned in a earlier essay, Buhari ought to have imagined himself the CEO of a blue-chip firm and perceive that competence and character are final and that the excellent appointment of ‘’profession politicians’’ as he did within the time of change won’t take us to the Subsequent Stage.
Is there nonetheless hope?
Written by Fredrick Nwabufo