‘I have appreciated your votes and paid you back’ — Buhari speaks on 4 senior portfolios for Kaduna, Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari says he gave Kaduna and Kano states two substantive positions in his cabinet to appreciate the massive votes he received during the 2019 presidential election.

Kano gave Buhari 1, 464,768 votes – the highest in the February 23 election – while he had 993, 445 votes from Kaduna.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to Shehu Idris, emir of Zazzau, at his palace in Zaria, Kaduna, the president said he had rewarded those who gave him massive support in those states.

“Before you push everything to me, I am just reminding you that I will do my best and I will make sure that the new cabinet is working for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians,” he said.

“Kaduna and Kano are the only two states I gave two substantive positions in my council. So, I have appreciated your votes and paid you back by giving you ministers of environment and finance.”

The president asked all tiers of government to be alive to their responsibilities to the people, including the hoards of unemployed youths in the country.

He said the issue of unemployment would be addressed when all levels of government live up to their responsibilities.

“I have been talking to the governor when we were driving, the young people, the population growth here is huge and those below 20 are the majority,” Buhari said.

“And they don’t seem to care how you make it, but they want the leadership to provide jobs, to provide security and all other things that are expected of government.

“A lot of them have not got the opportunity for further education, so let us study the constitution and see the responsibilities of three tiers of government.

The president assigned portfolios to his ministers on Wednesday.

Mohammed Mahmoud, who is from Kaduna, is now in charge of the ministry of environment, Zainab Ahmed, also from the state, is the minister of finance.

Sabo Nanono from Kano is minister of agriculture while Bashir Magashi is the minister of defence.   (The Cable)

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