President Buhari is reportedly to be under intense pressure from some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make a reorganisation of his cabinet. Post Nigeria reports that as part of the close at hand reshuffle, the following ministers have been seen to be doing nothing and many have recommended for their immediate resignation.
1. Geoffrey Onyeama – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Onyeama is said to have failed to manage Buhari’s public and international perception that has been traced to the lack of a foreign policy agenda.
More than nine months after inauguration of Buhari’s government Nigeria as the giant of Africa still does not have a focused foreign policy agenda.
2. Aisha Alhassan – Minister of Women Affairs
“Mama Taraba”, as many called her after the governorship poll in her state, was reported to have told the grieving Chibok parents that the girls were not abducted under the current government. Mrs. Alhassan is also yet to address the case of the abduction of the 14 year-old Ese Oruru from Bayelsa state.
The girl was converted to Islam and force to marry a man from Kano. As a minister of women affairs, many Nigerians had expected that she would have been at the fore front of the Chibok agenda.
3. Kayode Fayemi – Minister of Solid Minerals.
The ex-governor of Ekiti state surprised many when he was assigned his portfolio as he was reported to have said that he would need time to learn in his ministry. More than 3 months after Fayemi received his post the former governor is yet to persuade Nigerians that he is the right man for the job.
4. Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information and Culture
Lai Mohammed seems to refuse to move on from the days of political campaigns. Many Nigerians see his public statements as dent the public image of the Buhari government. The minister speaks on every issue, even though he does not have the right information, he would always speak.
Mr.Mohammed has continued to blame the previous administration for all the failures. Many believe the former spokesmanof the APC would be more productive if he returns as the spokesperson of his party.
5. Adebayo Shittu – Minister of Communications
The role of the ministry in the out-of-court settlement by MTN Nigeria, and its payment of N50 billion to the Buhari’s government still remains unaddressed. The telecommunications regulatory organ, the Nigeria Communications Commission has been shielded away from the settlement process.
President Buhari had on November, 11, 2015 assigned portfolios to 36 ministers who are expected to implement his ‘change’ agenda. Presiding at the swearing in ceremony of the new ministers, the president said that the assigning of portfolios was done to put square pegs in square holes, adding that members of his team were carefully chosen and assigned portfolios to reflect their capacities.