President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly sent a list of 36 ministerial nominees to the Department of State Services for screening.
According to report on Wednesday, September 9, at least 20 of the candidates had already been vetted by the agency.
The screening procedure reportedly involves career background check and examination of records with anti-corruption and security bodies.
The list is said to include mainly those who worked with Buhari when he was in the military and during his stint as the chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund.
When asked if the Presidency had directed security agencies to vet ministerial nominees, the Special Adviser (Media) to the President, Femi Adesina, simply replied via a text message, “Security screening is naturally a behind-the-scenes matter, thanks.”
One of the All Progressives Congress chieftains who pleaded for anonymity explained:
“The truth is that the President is someone who believes in due process.
“His choice of Daura (Lawal Daura), a member of the old guard, as the DG DSS should tell you something; even those contacted for screening know that any leak of information traced to them could ruin their chances.”