Different reactions have trailed the Ministerial nominee list released by President
Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. President Buhari sent the list, comprising 14 returnee
ministers and 29 new appointees, to the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate President, Ahmad
Lawan, said the screening of the nominees will start today.
The Peoples Democratic Party in his reaction however said that the list was full of
incompetent individuals who failed in their erstwhile ministerial assignments. In a statement
by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the list did not convey
any sense of hope or purposeful governance.
According to him, such a ministerial list can only come from a leadership that does not have
the mandate of the people. Also, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities,
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the list lacks innovation. He noted that people are talking of
a generation change, but that the new names on the list are people who have been in the
political circle for some time.
Also, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association said the ministerial nominees list
contained mostly names of recycled politicians. Two civil society organizations, the Socio-
Economic Right and Accountability Project and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, faulted the ministerial-nominees’ list, saying the non-attachment of the portfolios
to their names would make their screening inadequate by the Senate.