Five former governors are on President Buhari’s list of ministerial appointees sent to the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, Silverbird Television has confirmed.
A source revealed to our correspondent that the governors were Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State., Also reported to be on the ministerial list were a former Governor of Anambra State, Chris Ngige; and a one-time Governor of Abia State, Ogbonaya Onu.
Malami Abubakar (SAN), a former National Legal Adviser to the defunct Congress for Progressives Change; Aisha Alhassan, a former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba State; and Amina Mohammed, a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United nations, Ban Ki-Moon, were also reported to have made the list.
The name of a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State, Kunle Adeosun, was also said to have been sighted on the list. What most Nigerians will be willing to hear from President Muhammadu Buhari as the country celebrates the independence anniversary on Thursday is the announcement of the nominees for his cabinet.
Silverbird Television sought the opinions of Nigerians and observed that most Nigerians were anxious to see who among the touting names would be in the cabinet.
The president promised to release the list of his nominees by September. On Wednesday evening, September 30, he presented the list through his Chief of Staff Abba Kyari to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki confirmed that he had received the list and by next week Tuesday, the senate would resume to deliberate on it and of course invite the nominees for screening and consequent ratification.
Until the senate clear the nominees, according to president Buhari, the names of the appointed persons will not be announced. Buhari said this in New York during his chat with Sahara Reporter.
However, Nigerians are agitating for Buharis cabinet now that the president had said that he would be heading the juiciest Ministry of Petroleum and that he would only appoint a minister of state for the ministry.
According to the constitution, Buhari is expected to appoint at least 37 ministers from the 36 states and one from Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
How many of the nominees are going to scale the lawmakers’ hurdle, following the ongoing crisis at the senate has been the concern of many Nigerians.
Since he assumed office on May 29, President Buhari and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had been running the government, a situation many Nigerians had attributed to the slow economic activities and infrastructural development.
As a matter of fact, the presidency had said several times that all it had done in the last four months was to prepare the ground to run a smooth economy through its anti-corruption campaign.
Investors are waiting for the cabinet to be inaugurated so that activities can begin in earnest.
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