Why We Think Nigerians Should Re-Elect Buhari – Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

Its nine months before the 2019 elections in Nigeria and most of the Federal ministers are solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to seek re-election.

Some justified the President’s re-election bid during the 2018 World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) held on Thursday, in Abuja.

In reaction to the question on why Nigerians should re-elect President Buhari, in the 2019 elections, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Buhari-led administration has delivered on all its campaign promises while the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau says Nigeria cannot get anyone better than Buhari.

See more of their responses below…

Nigeria is on the path to sustainable growth and recovery. We’ve never had it so good in terms of our potential to grow and to really show what Nigeria can do as a diversified economy – Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

 

Because we’ve delivered on all our promises. We promised Nigerians we are going to fight insecurity, we fought insecurity. We promised Nigerians we are going to revive the economy, we have revived the economy. We promised we are going to fight corruption, corruption today is a taboo in Nigeria,” Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

 

“Under the leadership of the President, we have changed the conversation in Nigeria. We are now talking about the importance of security, of fighting corruption and of a good economy rather that saying corruption is not a problem it is not stealing,”  Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

 

Continuity, Nigeria can’t get anybody better than President Buhari – Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

President Buhari earlier at the event spoke on the success recorded by his administration in tackling insecurity. He stressed that the terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been degraded and is no longer in control of any part of Nigeria.

Speaking on the theme ‘Why Good Journalism Matters,’ Buhari noted that good journalism is critical to the development and growth of societies and is needed to combat the challenges posed by fake news.

He also praised the IPI for giving Nigeria the hosting rights for its world congress for 2018, saying it made the right choice.

“It is our pride that your vision of professional journalism, training institutions in Nigeria has taken firm root,” Buhari said.

Jonathan Reshuffles Cabinet After Seven Ministers’ Exit

Federal Executive Council MeetingPresident Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has partially reshuffled his cabinet to fill the space created by the exit of seven ministers, who resigned to seek elective offices in different state.

The ministers left the cabinet on October 20 in line with the mandate of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The cabinet reshuffle was announced on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council Meeting held in Abuja and presided over by President Jonathan.

Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, who is now to oversee the Ministry of Information, said that the Minister of State I, Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, had been moved to Education while the Minister of State, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan would oversee the Minister of Health.

The Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, is to oversee the Ministry of Labour and Productivity  while the Minister of Defence, Mr Aliyu Guasu, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State, Defence.

Also, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, will combine his responsibilities with those of the Minister of State, Defence vacated by Dr. Darius Ishaku; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State previously held by Samuel Ortom.

Dr Mohammed said that the ministers appointed to supervise other ministries were to act in the capacity pending when substantive ministers would be named.

It is not yet clear if President Jonathan will forward new names to the National Assembly for appointment as new ministers, as the administration has few months in office before the 2015 general elections.

Okupe Defends Jonathan’s Process of Ministerial Appointments

Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Mr Doyin Okupe, today defended the nomination and sack of ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Okupe, speaking from Channels Television’s Abuja studios, insisted that before the President makes his appointments, he certifies “that this person (nominee) is of a good quality, a good calibre and must possess a reasonable intellect, loyalty and patriotism to serve his country.”

Okupe explained that in a parliamentary system of government, members of parliament are mandated to supervise different ministries “that has nothing to do with their profession.” He added that “a man that is qualified, a graduate with good experience; that has distinguished himself in the society and has some sense of loyalty can run any ministry.”

Mr Okupe also vehemently stated that “anybody running a ministry, is not running it by himself, he is running it for and on behalf of the President who has appointed him…he carries on the programme of Mr President.” He emphasized that “each minister is a representative of the President in his ministry”.

Meanwhile, a legal practitioner, Mr Tokunbo Odutola, speaking from the Lagos studios of the multiple-award winning television station, agreed with Mr Okupe on the selection process but was quick to add that the appointment process was “a three pronged process”.

These processes according to Mr Odutola, are the taken from the “legal, political and moral” perspectives. He explained that the legal aspect, as enshrined in the constitution, is for the President to make sure he appoints ministers with each state represented amongst the nominees.

The political provision, he added, allows the President to assign whomever he so wishes to a ministry “because it is his team” and such “reflects on whom our President is”. On the moral aspect, he said that this has to do with the person being nominated, who must be screened to ensure that he or she had not been involved in any criminal activity.

On the newly nominated ministers, he expressed the view that 2015 being just around the corner, “the President would not want to pick anybody who cannot make sure that, if he intends contesting in 2015, he can help him or his party.”

Earlier in the week, one of the ministerial nominees, Mr. Oyewale Adesiyan, from Osun State, told the Senate that he had been wrongfully accused of having a hand in the murder of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, who was assassinated in his Bodija home, in Ibadan, Oyo State on December 23, 2001, a case for which he was in jail for three and half years.

Although, Adesiyan claimed that his implication in the death was a ‘political blackmail’ by enemies, Mr Odutola said that “morally, the candidate should be dropped”.

Responding to questions from Channels Television viewers via Twitter on whether the President was making the decision to sack some ministers at the right time, Mr Okupe noted that this was “a preposterous question”. He wondered why “Nigerians would vote for a man, if he does not have the capacity to decide what he wants to do, and when he wants to do it.”

He further noted that “the President is the captain of the boat, he knows where he is leading the boat to, and he knows the kind of staff that he needs to assist him to get there.” He insisted that those ministers who were dropped were still useful and they have done nothing wrong.

Jonathan Sacks Stella Oduah, Three Other Ministers

Four Nigerian ministers, including the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, have been sacked by the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Other ministers are Minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade and Minister of State For Finance, Yerima Ngama.