What’s all the hues and cries about Buhari not nominating ministers about? – Tola Adenle

July 1, 2015


Newspapers in Nigeria and online are churning out essays, editorials, et cetera about the “great damage” being visited on the country and her citizens through the absence of ministers.

While it is a constitutional imperative that a president will have ministers who will run each government ministry as a sort of CEO, and while many harp on the strain of “hitting the ground running”, a few things that show things are not at a stand-still or at the base level that the last administration left the country are apparent.

When there were complaints about Governor Aregbesola’s “delay” in choosing commissioners a few years ago, I wondered aloud here what the hurry was about.

By the way, what did the last set of ministers achieve compared with what the cost was and continues to be to Nigeria?

Here is an excerpt from a letter I received today on the matter of “delay” by Buhari to choose his ministers.  It sums up my feelings about what is supposedly causing “abandoned project sites” all over Nigeria:

“It’s so disgusting how some people are complaining (out of malicious self-interest of course) about non-appointment of Ministers — more looters. I am sure Buhari is not bothered and will take his calculated time.”

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2015.  3:02 p.m. [GMT]



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2 Comments on “What’s all the hues and cries about Buhari not nominating ministers about? – Tola Adenle”

  1. Tokunbo Ajasin Says:

    Much ado about Buhari’s taking his time to appoint ministers. I cannot agree more with you.

    It seems that the more we want change, the more we want things to remain the same. Here is Buhari who was elected on the platform of change but when he decides to effectively do things differently we complain. He recently said that he would not interfere in the election of the Senate president because he could work with anyone (this is a deviation from the way we are used to, particularly during the regime of Obasanjo who interfered and controlled the election of several Senate presidents) Buhari has a different perception but even though people want change, they still want him to control everything like Obasanjo did. Look where it landed the APC. When he said that he did not wish to interfere, they should have let him be, but rather they wanted to coerce him into interfering in the election which consequently backfired.

    It is the same thing when he decides to take his time in the appointment of his ministers. People are so anxious because they are used to ministers’ appointment within a few weeks. But here is Buhari who decides to be painstaking in the appointment of his ministers, and yet we are complaining that it is taking too long. This is the change that we wanted and he is effecting that change.

    If I know him well, he always takes his time to commence anything because he is usually meticulous in getting things in place. As soon as he is done, he thereafter moves with lightening speed. I recall that this was what he did at PTF. But people tend to expect the same thing even when they crave and yearn for change. But change is always difficult to effect except for focused, determined and dogged people. While I can understand where Buhari is coming from, I am equally not oblivious of the people’s reaction for real and effective change.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Ajasin,

      Thank you very much for this which I will share further as a post.

      The change Nigeria and Nigerians want and need call for more deliberate steps that should eradicate the obfuscation that allow the massive corruption that has led the country to its current state. And those, in my opinion, are what the president is trying hard to deliver but in the usual fickleness and listlessness – pardon me – that characterize the generic Nigerian, we just cannot wait.

      Sincere regards,



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