After weeks and days of speculations and anticipations, the much talked about and awaited list of ministerial nominees was finally unveiled by the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Even though the list which comprise of names of 21 nominees is only the first batch as the list of the final batch of ministerial nominees is still been awaited, the calibre of men and women who made up this list totally falls short of the expectations of Nigerians at home and abroad, who has described the list as being sent to the National assembly as more of a reward for exploit and contributions towards the success of the APC at the last general election than a call to service. This is obviously so, due to the fact that majority of the men and women whose names appeared in the list are politicians who have contributed morally, financially and intellectually towards the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.
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President Buhari should have speared us the long wait and name his cabinet members on the same day this administration was inaugurated instead of keeping Nigerian in psychological, emotional and political suspense. One would have expected that the President was taking his time to carefully select the much touted technocrats and men of integrity to bring on board as ministers to assist him to effect the necessary change that we all craved and desire as a nation, but the fact that people like Fashola and Amaechi have managed to find their ways into the list despite several allegations of corruption hanging on their neck has made it glaring that not much has really changed. Indeed, there is nothing so special about the list that should take No Mr. President about four (4) months to produce.
However, the major concern bothers so much on the success of this administration. If the present administration should fail, then Nigeria might need to travel another terrain to get things right. For President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed will now depend on the vigilance, discipline and whistle blowing action of the general public and the media, to stand up against the misdoings, recklessness, abuse of office and impunity of those who have been selected as ministers. The expectation of breeding a new set of youthful technocrats under the leadership of President Buhari has evaporated. The generational change and new-blood envisaged might need to wait till like forever. The success or failure of this administration will now largely depend and be dictated by the body language of the President himself. For me, this list wasn’t worth the wait.
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