President Muhammadu Buhari has
stated that some ministers in his government won’t get ant portfolio because his government can not afford to pay forty two ministers.
President Muhammadu Buhari
The president made the comment while speaking
to some journalists in New Delhi, India, during
his recent visit to the country.
Buhari opined that Nigeria was ‘material
and morally vandalized’
adding that he will reduce the numbers of
ministries in his cabinet.
He affirmed that he can not work outside the
Nigerian constitution and that ministers must be
appointed in conformity with the constitution of
the Federal Government hence his appointment
from the 36 states of the country.
He said: ”We can not work outside constitution there must be a cabinet representative from each
state. There use to be forty two minister but I
think we can bearly keep half of that now because
we can not afford it.
”Other may not be substantive ministers but
they will seat in the cabinet because that is
what the constitution said and we can’t operate
outside the constitution ”We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay.”
Reacting to the controversy that characterised the
nomination of the former governor of Rivers
state, Rotimi Amaechi, in the Senate, the
president said he did not walk into the
presidency alone therefore he can not work
”This is team work I said I know people but there are people that I accept from
other people in our team that I trust without even
knowing them. ”May be those that are
having problem in the National Assembly I doubt if I have meet him in my life but then I am working with others.
”I did not work into the presidency alone. I have
to defend on all the three tiers of government from all part of the country,” the
The president has since departed India and
arrived Nigeria after his four-day official visit to
the country. It will be recalled that Buhari
departed Abuja on Tuesday, October 27, for
New Dehli, India .
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