President Muhammadu Buhari says he will no longer nominate unknown persons for ministerial positions. In a maiden meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly, Mr Buhari also said that only those tested and capable of delivering on assigned mandates will make the ministerial list.
At the meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday night, Mr Buhari said he was under intense pressure to constitute the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He, however, said despite the pressure, only those with track records, honesty and credibility would be appointed.
President Buhari said he did not know most of his ministers from his first term in office adding that most of them were nominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The President, however, explained that the delay was to nominate people he knows personally and can work with.
He, therefore, enjoined the lawmakers to partner with the executive arm in leaving good legacies for the country as his administration was on its last lap. The president advised the National Assembly to always avoid comparing their parliamentary procedures with that of advanced democracies such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting, refuted media report quoting him as saying that President Buhari would submit the ministerial list to the senate this week. He said that the Senate was yet to receive the ministerial list from the President.