Reports have emerged to why the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has not released the list of ministers expected to serve in the administration for vetting by relevant security agencies.
Information gathered shows that the Department of State Services (DSS) plays a key role in the screening of appointees, especially ministerial and ambassadorial nominees.
However, sources in Abuja have revealed that the decision by the Presidency to delay the list was partly due to the fact that the president did not want to release the names to the former Director General of DSS, Mr Ita Ekpeyong.
The negative energy developed between the DSS and the campaign organisation of General Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly responsible for the animosity.
Sources in the administration said Buhari team had carried the hostile acrimony over into governance and had signposted Ekpeyong and the DSS as an enemy.
It would be recalled, Ekpeyong was, recently sacked in what was seen as the first of the security chiefs to be so axed by the administration.
A source in the polity said the president may soon make available the ministerial list to the DSS, following the resumption of Lawan Daura as the Director General of the Service, so as to allow the Senate commence screening of appointees.