Buhari refuses to bow to pressure to release ministerial nominees


President Muhammadu Buhari has been under unprecedented pressure to release the names of his ministerial-nominees.

The President said this during a dinner he had with the leadership of the National Assembly, on Thursday in Abuje.

He however, maintained that he would not be rushed into releasing the list.

“Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.

“I’m very much aware about it; I’m under tremendous pressure on it.”

He stated that he personally knows all ministers he intends to appoint, unlike in 2015 when he appointed unknown faces in his cabinet.

But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.”

“I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So, I know them.”

“But, this time round, I’m going to be quiet me – me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know.”

In his first term, the President did not appoint ministers until four months after his inauguration.

Buhari, was sworn in for a second term on May 29, and is yet to appoint his ministers more than a month after his swearing-in.

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