With Nigerians beginning to show concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in announcing his cabinet, especially since the month of September is almost over.
It would be recalled that on Monday, September 7, 2015, President Buhari who was on an official visit to Ghana, said that his September deadline for the appointment of ministers was still on course, asking Nigerians to begin to complain after Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
He had said: “After I was sworn-in, I said I will have my cabinet in September. I expect that Nigerians should ask me questions after the 30th of September if I do not do so.”
There is a growing concern among Nigerians that the Buhari’s ministers may not be ready by September 30 as promised,as the said date is only three days away.
More worrisome is the fact the the President of Nigeria’s Senate, Bukola Saraki is currently standing trial on a 13-count charge of false declaration of assets and other financial irregularities at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), prompting many ask if the on going trial will not disorganise the screening of the ministerial nominees, which is supposed to be undertaken by the senate.
The senate has been on recess and is expected to resume plenary on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, barely a day to September 30.
When quizzed on the matter by Vanguard, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the September 30 date is still in order.
He said: “Time given has not yet elapsed and the president himself said by September 30, there is no cabinet, you should come and ask him questions. That is it.”