Reactions have continued to trail today’s
(November 11, 2015) swearing in by President
Muhammadu Buhari of his cabinet after five long
months of waiting for him to do same.
Buhari while inaugurating his cabinet today,
expressed optimism “that bringing these set of
ministers into the service of our country today, is
a step in the right direction and timely move
towards realising our positive goals for our
As one of our Reporter spoke with President Buhari’s
former spokesman and National Publicity
Secretary of the Yoruba socio-political
organization, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin on
Nigerians expectations of the new Ministers.
He said, “They have to hit the ground running
because they have lost almost six months out of
four years. There is no time because all the
economic indices are going down. JP Morgan has
delisted Nigeria from Emerging Market, you know
about Virgin sacking all their Nigerian workers,
things are generally not looking good and there
has been no economic direction yet.
“Now that new ministers have been sworn in,
there must be clear direction and in the midst of
the global oil crisis, they need to think out of the
box to move the country out of the woods. It is not
a time to start partying or celebrating, it is rather
time for them to roll their sleeves and get
working. I have had enough of excuses, of finger
pointing and all. Yes, we must fight corruption but
there must be a clear direction in doing that.
When asked specifically about the newly merged
Ministry of Power, Works and Housing which is
headed by the former Lagos state governor,
Babatunde Fashola which is critical to the
economy as Nigerians are tired of darkness,
Odumakin said, “I think that to give one man the
ministry of works, power and housing is a recipe
for failure. I say this because of the enormity of
the task involved. I dare say that if God does not
help him, it may be the demystification of the
whole Fashola myth. Power alone is more than
enough for someone to cope with in the
administration but to now combine it with works,
you know how b@d all the roads are across the
country and then housing too. I hope he does not
get crushed by the weight of this responsibility.
That is my prayer for him.
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