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Majority said to support delay in naming cabinet

25 August 2015, 16:00

Abuja - Most Nigerians support the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to name his cabinet in September.

This is according to findings of a poll conducted recently, suggesting 87 percent consider September 2015 as “a good time” for the President to appoint his ministers.

Off these, most suggested Buhari needed time to select the best persons (31 percent), while others said this would enable ‘for better governance’ (13 percent), amongst other reasons.

On the other hand, some Nigerians viewed the President’s decision as a delay, while reporting that the appointment of the ministers is ‘long overdue’ (61 percent), and has resulted in ‘delay in the execution of programmes ’ (14 percent) as well ‘economic stagnation’(12 percent).

Further findings indicate that most Nigerians (65 percent) are well informed of the President’s decision to appoint his ministers in September 2015, which was made public after the publication by a United States publication in July.

This decision stirred varying opinions from Nigerians.

Since the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s newly elected President, the appointment of his cabinet members has been a subject of debate across the country. With high expectations from Nigerians given the electoral promises made by the present ruling party, there is no doubt that the citizens expect a very big shuffle in the President’s cabinet; due to the perceived questionable decisions of the past administrations.

Also read: Buhari explains delay in appointment of ministers

Although several media reports revealed that some citizens have expressed great concern over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments, the President has however stated he would appoint his ministers in September 2015, while clarifying that the delay is very essential for strategic selection in order to make the right appointments.

Meanwhile, the survey by NOIPolls suggested a majority of Nigerians (72 percent) support the proposed merger of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government, with the merging of EFCC and ICPC highlighted as top priority.

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of August 10.

 It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.

Some 1 500 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 2.5 percent,” said NOIPolls.

- CAJ News


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