The presidency has told Nigerians that president Muhammadu Buhari may not name a cabinet until September, PM News reports.
The president’s media adviser, Shehu Garba, who spoke with Reuters, stated that Buhari is taking time to find credible ministers and build a government untainted by the corruption of the past.
After the emergence of the Nigerian leader, many Nigerians had expected the president to announce members of his cabinet after two weeks of his inauguration, but he has stalled the announcement ever since.
Garba said: “it will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So Nigerians just have to be patient.
“We need to clean up the mess everywhere before the ministers can come.”
Buhari’s anti-corruption drive has been at the heart of his moves so far, alongside efforts to establish a military force with Cameroon, Chad and Niger to fight the six-year Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the northeast.
A senior member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who pleaded anonymity also said: “President Buhari’s cabinet won’t be ready until early September because he is not in a hurry.
“He is just being meticulous so that he can bring in credible and competent hands.”
Recall that the national publicity secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had in a statement Tuesday, noted that Buhari’s delay was a deliberate strategy.