President Buhari reveals why he has not formed his cabinet

Posted: July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Monday,20th of July 2015 President Buhari revealed that it would not be prudent or wise or be in the interest of the government to have formed his cabinet immediately he was inaugurated on May 29.

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Based on his article on Washington Post titled “Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror”, this clarification was made.

He said it was noteworthy that Obama himself did not have his full cabinet in place for several months after first taking office.

He said despite that delay, the US did not cease to function in the interim.

He said, “As I meet with President Obama today (Monday) the first time a President of the United States will encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the peaceful transfer of power in a contested election in our history — I will be discussing my plans for critical reforms.

“So, too, will I discuss why the formation of my administration is taking time and, crucially, why it must. Already, there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.

“When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim.

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“In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.

“I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.”

Buhari has proved once again that he is a President to be respected not for his position but for his acts.

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