Only those ‘I personally know’ will be appointed ministers – Buhari

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The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an appeal challenging the academic qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to stand for the last presidential election. The lead judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, upheld an earlier judgment by a Federal High Court in Abuja, which had dismissed the suit on the grounds that it was statute-barred and robbed the court of jurisdiction to entertain the suit. The Appeal ruled that issues raised in the case have become statute-barred, the suit having not been filed at the trial court, within the 14 days the cause of action arose as stipulated under section 285(9) of the Nigerian Constitution.

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will no longer nominate unknown persons for ministerial positions.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.  “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.  “I’m very much aware about it; I’m under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.  “I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.  “But, this time around I’m going to be quiet me – me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know,’’ he said.  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.

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.

“Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.

“I’m very much aware about it; I’m under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.

“I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.

“But, this time around I’m going to be quiet me – me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know,’’ he said.

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.