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Rethinking Buhari’s Next Level cabinet

Rethinking Buhari’s Next Level cabinet

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“Therefore, President Buhari must be in hurry to assuage the expectations of Nigerians who expect him to hit the ground running in a demonstration of his understanding of the challenges of the country. If the period of 2015 to 2019 was Buhari’s learning curvy, he must abhor any form of mistakes or demonstration of ineptitude in the appointment of ministers this time around. If the era of change must be admitted as the period of party patronage, the Next Level regime must be performance driven.

This becomes necessary because Nigerians cannot continue to witness the obvious hardship that has characterized the Buhari administration in the last four years despite the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government”.

As Nigerians await the eventual dissolution of President Muhammadu Bahri’s four year old cabinet preparatory to the inauguration of his Next Level administration on May 29, 2019, it is expected that the formation of new Federal Executive Council which comprise of the appointment of Ministers and other key functionaries would be a clear departure from the 2015 era when Nigerians were left in the lounge for too long even as the quality and capacity of the eventual appointees were far from convincing. Yet, President Buhari had in his stubbornness refused to reshuffle his cabinet in the face of the somewhat abysmal performance of many of the ministers. It was therefore not surprising that the nation was treated with theater of absurdities by minister who knew that they cannot be removed.

If the delay in appointment of ministers in 2015 and the unjustifiable choice of the people so appointed then were as the result of Buhari’s unpreparedness for the office of the president at the time, the same cannot be said of his second coming . The assurances from President Buhari that he will not disappoint Nigerians in his second coming come as an admission of his below average performance in all the key yardstick for measuring his strides in the economy, security, fight against corruption and infrastructure upgrade.

Therefore, President Buhari must be in hurry to assuage the expectations of Nigerians who expect him to hit the ground running in a demonstration of his understanding of the challenges of the country. If the period of 2015 to 2019 was Buhari’s learning curvy, he must abhor any form of mistakes or demonstration of ineptitude in the appointment of ministers this time around. If the era of change must be admitted as the period of party patronage, the Next Level regime must be performance driven.

This becomes necessary because Nigerians cannot continue to witness the obvious hardship that has characterized the Buhari administration in the last four years despite the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

It is through appointing the right people to the right positions that the much-awaited dividends of democracy will be realized.

Buhari must go for the best professionals and technocrats if he is sincere about bettering the lots of the suffering masses. Nigerians have suffered enough due to incompetent people in charge of sensitive positions. The President should go for merit instead of acting on party or ethnic sentiments. Buhari must avoid the kind of naivety which justified his appointment of person to supervise three key ministries which culminated in a humongous failure as witnessed in the Works, Power and Housing ministries under Babatunde Raji Fashola. The power sector is today worse than the pre 2015 era.

Buhari must be reminded that Nigerians will not tolerate the kind of lopsidedness which characterized the composition of his first era cabinet. The President should be reminded that since there are capable hands in every geo-political zone, he should make his appointment in accordance with the principle of federal character. The men and women with vision who are ready to join the President in revamping the economy to let people reap more dividends of democracy are needed as Ministers this time.

Considering the fact that the country’s economy is in comatose, those who will drive the economy and restore the confidence of both local and foreign investors in the nation’s development are needed as Ministers.

President Buhari must avoid playing the oxtrig with the nation’s security in his Next Level administration. It must be stated that the Service Chiefs must disengage with the current cabinet as to make room for fresh ideas required to fight the plethora of security challenges confronting the nation. President should be worried that Nigeria has never had it this bad in terms of insecurity as no life is worth a kobo any more. Sadly enough, this is happening under his watch of a president whose main qualification to the Aso Rock was his perceived non nonsense disposition. Nigerian can no longer depend on the body language of President Buhari in confronting the hydrae headed issue of insecurity. Nigerians will want to acknowledge the president’s declarations and execution of an era of zero tolerance to insurgency, arm banditry and kidnapping.

It is obvious that security of lives and property of the people is nothing to write home about in the country and it is expected that the Buhari administration must up its ante to seriously address the menace.

The Next Level administration must ensure the cabinet that will ensure that Nigerians are no longer live or walk in fear and should make effective policing of the nooks and cranny of the country its utmost priority. This is because if people are secured other things will be in order.

Nigerians, no doubt, expect a better performance of the new Ministers than they had in the first tenure of the administration of the President because they deserve better than they have had thus far.

The President should avoid the repeat of the 2015 mistake when he was held hostage by the centrifugal forces and the country waited for six months for him to form his cabinet of “Change”. This is necessary because Nigerians will be greatly disappointed if the President takes another six months to come up with his cabinet.
We believe that the calibre of people that should make the new cabinet, whatever their calling must have the capacity to drive sustainable economic growth, job creation and ability to enhance good governance via delivery of tangible dividends of democracy to the mass of Nigerians and to a section of it.

We are of the opinion that if Buhari professes to be a democrat, he should learn to talk more to the people he governors. What happened during the president’s first four years in office where he spoke more to Nigerians from abroad was an aberration. State of the nation address should be mandatory. The president must not continue to treat the Nigerian media with distain.

We are optimistic that president Buhari will in his second coming demonstrate the will to protect the lives and property of Nigerians in Diaspora. Nigeria’s foreign policy should be stronger on defending Nigerians in which ever countries that those chose to reside. What obtains now is the contrary.

The President should, therefore, resolve to source for seasoned technocrats as members of his cabinet to help him actualize his ‘Next Level’ agenda.

If there is any need to bring in politicians under the guise of party loyalty, they must be those with sterling records and accomplishments of previous or past public assignments that can move the nation forward.
The lessons of the last four years justify the culture of periodic reshuffling of the federal cabinet as to disengage appointees found to perform below expectation least the regime breeds super cabinet members who turn out to be thin gods. Change is inevitable.

Nigeria should be in a hurry to play the catch up game or be left behind by nations which hitherto look up to her for guidance and protection. Neither President Buhari nor any part of his incoming administration thereof should be allowed to stand on the part of the nation’s progress.

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