ast week, President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated that his administration is not as inept as it appears. Two of his Ministers, Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Saleh Mamman, the Minister of Power, were replaced. The only time I heard of Saleh Nanono was when he drew out N30 million from his ministry’s budget to build a mosque for herders displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Farmers were being massacred by armed herdsmen under his watch, and staple goods were limited because the people who produced them were now dead, on the run, or living in refugee camps. Between 2015 and 2019, agribusiness saw a boom thanks to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers program. Everything was lost under Saleh Nanono’s leadership. When the Power portfolio was taken away from Babatunde Fashola, who was also in charge of Works and Housing, we stopped hearing about the power industry.
This reorganization should have taken place around May 29, 2021, when the transitional period ended. Alhaji Sule Lamido, the Governor of Jigawa State between 2007 and 2015, led a government that was very accountable. Commissioners and chairmen of local governments were required to go on live radio every year since May 1 to give an account of their stewardships. People were invited to call in and ask questions, as well as uncover any lies that had been told. Cabinet reshuffles were completed by May 29 and were based on demonstrated results of the past. If Buhari was serious about accountable governance, we expected something like this from him.
More reforms, according to Buhari, are on the way. This is important. Ministers are appointed, redeployed, and fired at the President’s discretion. We can at least make suggestions because we are being ministered to. First, President Buhari should relinquish his position as Minister of Petroleum Resources to someone else. He was meant to clean up the sector, which was notorious for being crooked and ineffective. With the enactment of the Petrol Industry Act, he is finally waking up after six years. He will need another year to get it up and running, effectively handing over the job to the next administration.
Buhari’s appointment as Oil Minister is unjustified. Presidents should never be appointed as oil ministers because their presidential immunity prevents them from being called to account by the National Assembly. So, I propose that Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta, to go down with the Oil Minister. He will not be able to escape the rot in the industry, as revealed by the Niger Delta Development Commission’s Forensic Audit, which was recently completed.
Lai Mohammed should not have been nominated Minister in the first place. As a brilliant publicist, he should have been kept at the secretariat of his political organization. More crucially, Lai Mohammed is a willing participant in the Buhari regime’s increasingly authoritarian campaign to debilitate, destroy, and enslave the civic space and the media.
I also think Isa Pantami should leave right away. Though he claims to have “repented,” yet, he is still a terrorist sympathizer. We do not need such individuals in our government because we have no idea what they are doing and to what extent they have gone with our digital assets. Pantami was also accused of using gunmen to pursue Abike Dabiri and her employees out of an office assigned to them in May of last year. Pantami may have “repented” so to speak, but his bridled act since he assumed office is nothing short of a violent seeker – and nothing had been done to do away with him, at least, a disciplinary action (if he is too good for that position) be undertaken to curb his menace before it is too late for us all.
Bashir Magashi, the Defence Minister, is also on my well-thought-out sacking list. This retired Military Commander should have been left alone in his hometown enjoying his monthly retirement benefits with his family rather than a forced service at old age. What value has he brought to the table? Just so you get a glimpse of how disservice he is, at a media conference this year, without mincing words, he advised those who are being attacked by bandits in various parts of the nation to protect themselves. However, it appears that this law does not apply to persons slaughtered by Fulani militants posing as “herders” in Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, and other Southern States in Nigeria. Bandits have attacked military sites under his watch, and there have been numerous military plane mishaps, but he remains unperturbed still.
From all indications, Abubakar Malami, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, has no business in that post. Oh, I beg your pardon! I think he does! Because, he is a key figure (so it seems) in the reigning Government’s alleged “Islamisation and Fulanisation” plan, which allows armed herders to evict indigenous Nigerians from their farms and communities. He is in the forefront of the nationwide quest for non-existent “grazing routes,” “grazing reserves,” and “water resources” for Fulani herders. The landowners are expected to do nothing but sit around and watch as their lands are being confiscated by force!
As the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige is a no fitter; He lacks the diplomatic skills necessary to deal with labor issues. Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; and others are merely seat-warmers and free riders. People in the know are unsurprised that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, is still in power despite the pervasive School Feeding scandals. Most of the government Ministries are duplicated responsibilities and waste of public funds.
Few will deny that our overworked Minister of Transportation and rail reformer, Rotimi Amaechi, has excelled in his own field. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has done the same. These were high-performing Governors who used their experience, knowledge, and expertise to help the Buhari administration succeed.
Sirika Hadi, the regime’s Aviation Minister, is the final name on the list of outstanding performers. Despite the fact that this gentleman is linked to Buhari (as we hear), he has refused to be reduced to a simple lethargic occupier of empty space because of it. I am still astonished by how efficiently he managed the effort to finish the second runway at Abuja Airport on time. In addition, his restoration of the Enugu International Airport was above average. Former President Goodluck Jonathan ordered Stella Oduah, the Aviation Minister at the time, to fix this Airport in 2012. She succeeded, but the runway was destroyed after only seven years, and the airport was forced to close.
Stella Oduah has only recently joined the All Progressives Corruption, I mean, All Progressive Congress (APC), an underworld-like political party that is a specialist in baptising, and later transforming sinners into saints. Indeed, miracles and salvation is not exclusive to religious fellowships only but abounds everywhere in every association, within the context of Nigeria! Hmmm, I wonder!!!