Buhari’s resumption: Anxiety grips Ministers, Heads of MDAs

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By Ayo Fadimu

As many Nigerians are celebrating the return of President Muhammadu Buhari who returned to the country after 103 days from medical vacation in the United Kingdom, some Ministers and Heads of Departments, Agencies  and Parastatals have developed fear that the President might remove them from their plum jobs due to perceived poor performance, undue pressure and political party affiliation.

Many Nigerians have been clamouring for cabinet reshuffle by the president over what many see as “not good enough” performance by some of the Ministers of the president.

“Many of the Ministers have not performed at all, Buhari needs to rejig his cabinet, bring life into it so that he delivers on his promises to Nigerians” a social activist, Miliki Abdul told Nigerian NewsDirect.

Recently, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) also advised the President to unbundle the three government agencies under the watch of former Lagos State governor, Raji Fashola into two or more for efficient service delivery.

Fashola currently oversee three key ministries of Power, Works and Housing. However, the Centre claimed that none of the three key agencies was working.

CACOL, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to change members of his cabinet who are mediocrists, insensitive and inactive, especially the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

The group headed by , Debo Adeniran, said “With regard to Ministries, topping the list as far as we are concerned in terms of abysmal performance that requires radical change is the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. It is our view that the ministry has been the main one that has most misrepresented the campaign promises of APC and the change Nigerians expected. All the actions and policies of the Ministry have compounded the sufferings of Nigerians in multi-folds; from lack of power supply to the illogical hike in electricity tariffs, from continually decaying infrastructure to death traps as roads with a Housing sector that is ‘non-existent’ or in absolute comatose. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing keeps standing logic on its heads by asking the already impoverished Nigerians to bear the brunt of his failure by asking Nigerians to pay for darkness and for services not rendered even up to the effrontery of hiking the tariff of electricity against a background of a country in perpetual darkness. The Minister has made history by achieving the lowest, Zero mega watts for more than 18 hours in history of power generation in Nigeria; he has nothing to offer than damage, we call on Mr. President to ask him to honourably resign or be sacked” CACOL said.

However, Fashola, whom many see as trusted friend of the president, is not the only Minister facing criticisms. Others include, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister for Sports, Solomon Dalung, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazau among others

In the meantime, some Heads of Agencies and parastatals that are not appointed by the Buhari’s regime are also apprehensive on their fate as they have constantly been under watch by some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who see their stay in office as elongation of PDP tenure in office and usurping what is theirs by right.

Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that many of the heads of these agencies spend every day as if it’s their last day on the seat because they are always expecting sack letter. The medical vacation of the president in the last 103 days provided succour for them but now that the president has returned “anything can happen” a head of government agency told Nigerian NewsDirect.

However, a chieftain of APC who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect under condition of anonymity said its time the president reshuffled his cabinet because Nigerians are losing patience with the president as economy was becoming unbearable.

“Mr President should inject fresh blood that can assist him in building the country, the present crop are simply not up to the task,” he said.

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