President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that he will not be swayed to follow the same pattern used by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in selecting members of its Federal Executive Council, FEC, in the last 16 years, adding that since state governors are free to appoint their commissioners, he, too, should be given the freedom to choose those who would serve with him in the FEC.
With barely a week to the inauguration of a new government, the president-elect has said that the speculative ministerial lists which went viral in social media wasn’t connected to him.
Speaking to newsmen at his Daura country home, Buhari said, “I am not speaking about it; I have not put anything on paper, so nobody has seen it and I haven’t discussed it with anybody; I am just keeping it close to my chest.”
“I am ardent listener of Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from 6am to 7am every morning. I am going to quote myself because I heard in one of the interviews that I said the type of people I am supposed to appoint, like in the cabinet and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and service chiefs, will be different. Definitely my approach is going to be different from what we had under the PDP where governors nominated ministers.”
“I have been around long enough to know people that I can approach for things like that… Deliberately we will look for competent people, dedicated and experienced to head ministries and, of course, there will be schedules for ministers and we will expect them to fill them. Economically we will try and stop a lot of wastages and encourage austerity so that we can fund the ministries”.