Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MAY 29: Buhari under intense pressure to sack ministers, aides

MAY 29: Buhari under intense
pressure to sack ministers,
aides


– President Muhammadu Buhari
will complete one year in office on
Sunday, May 29
– Buhari is said to be under
pressure to rejig his cabinet
– Some of the president’s aides
have been accused of non-
performance
As May 29 approaches, President Buhari is
said to be under immense pressure to sack some of
his aides and ministers for lack of performance.
A report by Nigerian Pilot reveals that a
performance evaluation reports confidentially carried
out by a select committee advised the president to
“reorganise his cabinet”.
Has President Buhari lost faith is some of his
aides and ministers?
The president is said to have been upset by reports
of disagreements among his appointees, non-
performance of most of them and the allegations of
corrupt practices that has been made against some of
them.



 The presidency said: ”He is really
pained that persons recommended
by his party and friends of the
government are not performing.
”They are self-serving and some of
them have corruption allegations
hanging around their necks that the
whole scenario has become an
embarrassment to the president and
his administration.”
Speaking on the recent comments by British prime
minister, David Cameron who described Nigeria
as “fantastically corrupt,” the source noted
that it was a huge embarrassment to the president.
”Yes, the president managed the
embarrassment with diplomatic
equanimity. But it did not mean that
it was not an embarrassment to him,
his government and the country.
”As a statesman who knows his
onions he managed the fallouts very
well. But it just will not end there.

 He
saw it as a challenge to clean the
dirty stable. The needful has to be
done,” the source said.
More worryingly for the president is the evidence of
some ministers openly disagreeing with his
administration’s position on critical national issues.
In such cases, the government had been made to
”go the extra mile to issue
statements to correct such bungling,
thereby casting our confidence in
doubts in the mind of the Nigerian
public.
”Also, many of them work at cross
purposes with mandated direction as
if they were not well briefed on their
schedules before they assumed
duty.
”President Buhari cannot watch as
his cabinet, the government and his
party, consciously and unconsciously
bungle APC’s success at polls. He
has to stop the bitterness and
hostilities among his appointees,” the
source said.
Only recently, a minister and his junior minister
reportedly almost engaged each other in fisticuffs over
allegations of insubordination by the latter for the
former, a major issue which reports say almost
snowballed into a messy situation.
The president is also said to be concerned about the
loads of complaints from the Nigerian public and
the international community on the performance of his
appointees.

”They lack initiative and are always
waiting for the president to direct
them before they are jolted to act.
There is the belief that there is too
much eye service around here.
”The president does not want to see
their faces as often as they wish. All
he needs is for them to work and
deliver. Some of them even claim
they are scared not to make
mistakes that would offend the
president. But they have not been
seen to be trying to perform in the
first case, ” another source squealed.
Also of concern to the president is the corruption
allegations hanging over the head of many of his
appointees. Buhari is said to be decided on relieving
them of their appointment so his anti-corruption war
will be taken seriously.
“Some of them hold the last signing
of the 2016 budget as excuse for
non-performance. That was
expected. But is that a tenable
excuse when they have not been able
to streamline operations in their
respective ministries and the
parastatals under them?” one presidential
aide asked.