THE INSIDER: Nervousness mounts as Buhari retains ministerial listing near his chest


Shut to 2 weeks into President Muhammadu Buhari’s second time period, lots of the ministers who had been assured of being re-appointed are not certain about their destiny because the ready recreation continues.

Technically, Buhari couldn’t have launched his ministerial listing earlier than the inauguration of the nationwide meeting, which is due for Tuesday, June 11.

He’s anticipated to ship the listing to the senate as “government communication” and will get in bother with the lawmakers if he formally made the content material recognized to the general public earlier than the letter is learn on the ground of the higher chamber.

Nevertheless, Aso Rock insiders advised TheCable that the hole between the top of the final administration and the inauguration of the nationwide meeting has supplied the president a possibility to replicate on his choice to retain many of the ministers that labored with him throughout his first time period.

There has additionally been intense lobbying, residence and overseas, for positions within the cupboard.

Buhari after the valedictory for ministers. Many are tipped to return


An insider advised TheCable that the president has continued to maintain everyone guessing on the ultimate listing.

“The president has given nothing away mainly,” mentioned the insider who’s ordinarily within the know of issues.

“Up until now, we have no idea if he would decide 36 ministers, as he did in 2015, or 42 by choosing an extra minister per geo-political zone. And no one can say for certain that they know who’s on the listing and who will not be. The president is maintaining the whole lot closet to his chest.”

It had been speculated that Boss Mustapha would retain his place as secretary to the federal government of the federation (SGF) and Abba Kyari would return as chief of employees.

It’s nonetheless speculative if these key officers can be returned although they nonetheless perform in such places of work.

“There’s a massive battle for the workplace of chief of employees, which many think about to be the prime minister place if it had been a parliamentary system,” the insider added.

These considered within the place are Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state; Adamu Adamu, a long-time ally of the president who served as schooling minister from 2015-2019; Abubakar Malami, who was attorney-general; in addition to Tunde Bakare, pastor of the Latter Rain Meeting who could be very near the president.

Hameed Ali, the comptroller-general of Nigeria customs, can be mentioned to be within the combine. He served as chief of employees to Buhari earlier than the 2015 presidential election and the retired colonel was reluctant to go to customs earlier than his associates prevailed on him.

Since changing Babachir Lawal as SGF, Mustapha has been within the president’s good books


Earlier than the hiatus, some ministers had been shoo-in for re-appointment and whereas there may be but no indication that they won’t return, “the whole lot has change into fluid”, in keeping with one other Aso Rock insider.

Rotimi Amaechi, former minister of transportation, is of course anticipated to return having failed to put in a candidate of his alternative in attempting to unseat Nyesom Wike because the governor of his residence state, Rivers.

“Buhari, for apparent causes, can’t drip Amaechi from the cupboard. It could quantity to double jeopardy for Amaechi after the occasions in Rivers,” the insider mentioned.

Suleiman Hussein Adamu, who was minister of water sources, remains to be anticipated to return. He is without doubt one of the closest ministers to the president and a really influential one at that.

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, can be on the listing of probables, together with Suleiman Hassan, minister of surroundings who beforehand served within the housing portfolio, AbdulRahman Dambazzau, inside minister, and Lai Mohammed, who has a private relationship with the president.

Babatunde Fashola, erstwhile minister of works, energy and housing, was initially considered on the listing of probables and was being thought of for minister of federal capital territory however issues have change into hazy with the entry of Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, into the fray.

Ambode, a potential, was muscled out of the Lagos governorship after falling out with Bola Tinubu, his estranged godfather, and seems set to be compensated with an appointment by Buhari.

“If Buhari goes for 42 ministers, Ambode will fill the slot of both Lagos or south-west, however no one can say for certain how the president’s thoughts is working,” the second insider mentioned.

Buhari is predicted to compensate Ambode with an appointment however will or not it’s ministerial?


Malami, regardless of his curiosity within the chief of employees place, is taken into account to be a potential and could also be returned to his former portfolio. TheCable understands that he’s already getting ready to return to his former place and has knowledgeable his associates about it.

Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum sources, can be a potential returnee, in keeping with Aso Rock insiders.

Kachikwu, a person of massive concepts, discovered it significantly tough to push by his reform agenda throughout Buhari’s first time period.

He didn’t get together with Maikanti Baru, his successor because the group managing director of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC). Baru is due for retirement from NNPC and is involved in changing Kachikwu as minister.

Baru could possibly be one of many new faces within the cupboard if the president picks him.

Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), is without doubt one of the possibles as she enjoys the arrogance of the president, however TheCable understands she will not be eager on a ministerial appointment.

Who’re the seemingly new faces?

“That is without doubt one of the best-kept secrets and techniques of the president,” the insider advised TheCable.

(The Cable)

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