– There is anxiety over President Muhammadu Buhari’s expected ministerial list
– There are strong indications that the Nigerian Senate may get nominees this week from the president
– Some immediate past ministers in the Federal Executive Council are also poised for a return
A report by Daily Sun indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari may submit his cabinet list to the Senate, this week, as senators resume sitting on Tuesday, July 2.
According to the report, some immediate past ministers are set for a return to the Federal Executive Council.
Presidency sources quoted in the report said a number of former cabinet members would make the list.
The cabinet list, according to one of the source, will reach the Senate, barely one month after President Buhari’s inauguration; to give senators ample time to screen the nominees before they commence on summer break on Friday, July 26.
Buhari had, on Monday, May 6, upon his arrival from London, where he spent 10 days on a private visit, said he would not disclose those who will be part of his cabinet in his second term to anyone yet.
President Buhari, however, in a special interview aired on NTA, on Tuesday, May 28, said he may retain some ministers, as his first term wound down.
Some names said to have been considered, in Plateau state, are Mr. Solomon Dalung, immediate past minister of youth and sports.
From Kebbi state, it was gathered that Mr. Abubakar Malami, immediate past attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, who is one of the five members of the kitchen cabinet of the president, is likely to be re-appointed back.
There were hints that President Buhari may retain Mr. Hadi Sirika, the immediate past minister of state for aviation, who is from his home state of Katsina.
Also, Adamawa state’s representative in the last cabinet and immediate past minister of the FCT, Mr. Mohammed Musa Bello, may make the list, as the factors that necessitated his appointment earlier have not changed.
The two female ministers representing Kaduna and Sokoto states are believed to have got favourable consideration for the new cabinet. There are similarities in the factors which necessitated the appointment of the FCT minister and the two female ministers.
Immediate past minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, from Kano state, who is a strong political associate of President Buhari, may also have made the list.
Meanwhile, a group, Ibom Integrity and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative has reiterated its call that President Muhammadu Buhari should not appoint former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio as a minister in his cabinet.
The group in a statement by its executive vice president, Dr. Asuquo Edidem Etim said it stands by its earlier petition to the president, stressing that its complaint echoes the inner thoughts of many members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom and the entire south-south states.
The group had earlier petitioned the president on the need not to appoint Akpabio into the federal executive council, describing the former governor as a politician with no recognizable political structure.