Indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari is not ready to make any changes in his cabinet. There have however been calls by concerned Nigerians for the President to appoint competent individuals that will assist him deliver.
A competent presidency source yesterday confirmed to our correspondent that President Buhari believes in the capacity of his ministers and the Economic Management Team (EMT) to deliver on their mandates of transforming the country.
The source who prefers anonymity told Saturday Telegraph that those calling for rejiging of the cabinet have no justification and are only being impatient with the government. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the Senate Committee Chairman on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Dino Melaye are among many Nigerians that have challenged the President to reshuffle his cabinet.
The two law makers recently demanded the sack or redeployment of the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma and his Finance counterpart, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, describing them as incompetent and lacking in vision to come up with policies that could assist the country get out of the current economic recession.
According to the presidency source, President Buhari knows that his ministers became fully in charge of their respective ministries only four months ago and would not have performed magic as expected in some quarters within a very short time.
“The 2016 budget is not President Buhari’s budget. He cannot really assess the ministers based on this particular budget. “They effectively took charge in the last four months, so it is not possible to assess them based on that,” the source explained.
On whether today’s broadcast to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary by the President will feature a major shakeup in the cabinet, the source said “the President’s speech on the Independence Day celebration will primarily focus on the economy.