President Muhammadu Buhari is to release his list of ministers soon, the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday.
Mr. Mohammed dropped the hint during his 9th Ramadan Lecture in Oro, Kwara State.
The APC spokesman, who commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance, however, admitted that the Buhari administration would have fared better if there were ministers in place.
The president has come under fire, especially from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for failing to name his cabinet over a month after he assumed office.
Mr. Mohammed attributed the delay largely on the transfer of power from one party to another.
According to him, when transition in government took place within the Peoples Democratic Party, the cabinet was formed two weeks after inauguration.
“The concern of Nigerians over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments is genuine. But the fact is that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the opposition party will take over government from the ruling party”, he pointed out.
“Our plan was to interface and interact with the outgoing government, but it didn’t just work out so the party set up transition committee which later presented 800 pages of handover documents to Mr. President.
“So, in this kind of situation we found ourselves, we have to be thorough in making appointments because Nigerians’ expectations are very high and it’s understandable”, he said.
Mr. Mohammaed said the ministerial cabinet list would soon be made available and that the issue would be a thing of the past.
Stating that the APC government might be slow, he, however, said, “In reality, when we make the right appointments, we will make up for all the shortcomings Nigerians have been complaining about”.
The APC spokesman also condemned the opposition PDP for criticising Mr. Buhari’s performance saying, “the PDP is just reveling in its new found role of opposition, they are entertaining themselves and Nigerians”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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