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Not All of My Ministers Will Have Portfolios – Buhari

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JUNE 08: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari attends the second day of the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 8, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In the course of the two-day summit G7 leaders are scheduled to discuss global economic and security issues, as well as pressing global health-related issues, including antibiotics-resistant bacteria and Ebola. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Kayode Sesan

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government and Nigeria can not afford to pay forty two ministers and that not all ministerial nominees that have been screened will have portfolios.

Moreso he went on to say that the country Nigeria was ‘materially and morally vandalized’ and that he will reduce the numbers of ministries.

Buhari disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV and Nigerian Television Authority in New Delhi in India. He said that he is working with a team of people introduced to him by others and that he trusts and must work with them.

Buhari while reacting to questions on the divide in the National Assembly over Rotimi Amaechi’s confirmation as minister said he did not walk into the presidency alone, hence he can not work alone and that some of those having problems at the National Assembly he had never met them.

‘This is team work I said I know people but there are people that I accept from other people in our team that I trust without even knowing them.’

‘Maybe those that are having problem in the National Assembly I doubt if I have met them in my life but then I am working with others.’

‘I did not walk into the presidency alone. I have to defend all the three tiers of government from all parts of the country.’

Backing his 36 minister nominees, Buhari said that he can not work outside the constitution and that ministers must be appointed in conformity with the constitution of the Federal Government in that ministerial appointment must reflect the 36 states of the country.

‘We can not work outside the constitution. There must be a cabinet representative from each state.’

‘There use to be forty two ministers but I think we can barely keep half of that now because we cannot afford it.

‘Others may not be substantive ministers but they will sit in the cabinet because that is what the constitution said and we can’t operate outside the constitution.’

‘We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay.’

Buhari in the interview also said that the country has no money to pay salaries as the government had to direct the Central Bank governor to look for ways to pay states workers’ salaries.

‘Where is the money? Do you know the Federal Government has to help twenty seven states out of thirty six to pay salaries?’

‘Nigeria can not pay salaries. Nigeria had to summon the Governor of the Central Bank to see how it could pay salaries not to talk of projects, agreement signed with foreign countries, counter funding and so on. The country was materially vandalized and morally so.’

On his ambition to see that the dreaded Boko Haram group is crushed by December, the president said that he is optimistic on the capabitiy of the military and other government agencies in crushing the terrorists and that he feels sorry for those who think otherwise or have given up on winning the war against terrorists.

‘I am an optimistic person. I am sorry for those who have already given up. I remain confident that our military and other law enforcement agencies are more than equal to the task.’

Furthermore on how he feels when critics say he is being selective in the fight against corruption, Buhari said that anyone who is not corrupt should not be afraid rather they should encourage him to go headlong with the fight.

‘…if they are not involved in corruption they won’t mind they would encourage us to get whoever compromised his position in the trust being given on to him. I see it in the papers, watch it on screen but I have never lost a sleep on it because those that are not corrupt should even encourage us to do more. But those that are interested in the safety of those that have abused trust in the country office will go to any lenhgt including bribing people to give false information and so on.’

He went on to say that he is not being selective in his fight against corruption and that anybody caught will be prosecuted for Nigerians to see.

‘Whoever is caught the document use in incriminating him or her will be use to prosecute him for Nigerians to know who has abused thrust.’

On how he wants to be remembered, the president said; ‘if we survive it I want Nigerians to have found out that I was genuine, a real patriot not that I only fought the Civil war but fought corruption to a stand still’.



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  1. Igho

    October 31, 2015 at 11:38 am

    This article is full of sh&t. Poor grammar and poor editing. Please make sure you proofread very well before posting news.

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