Former governor of Anambra State and running mate of Atiku Abubakar in the February 2019 Presidential election, Mr Peter Obi has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to form his cabinet three weeks after being sworn in for a second term.
President Buhari who was re-elected for his second term and sworn into office on May 29 is yet to make any official announcement on who gets to be members of his second-term cabinet aptly tagged ‘Next Level’.
Nigerians are expecting the President to make the most of his second term and the announcement of the formation of his cabinet is a serious pointer to how his second will pan out.
When he was sworn in for his first term in 2015, the president wasted approximately six months without ministers to help him pilot the affairs of the nation. His delay in forming his cabinet at the time is said to be responsible for the economic recession the financial management of the country went into the following year.
Political appointees of the president who worked with him during his first term are still discharging their duties which have forced a legal practitioner to seek redress in court if those whose tenure expired with that of the president could continue in office without being reappointed.
Giving his opinion on why the Nigerian leader has not constituted his cabinet, the running mate of Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this year’s presidential election, said the delay is because the president is not a serious leader.
While citing elected leaders in other countries; Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, who formed their cabinet within weeks of being sworn-in, the former governor urged Mr Buhari to emulate them.
“These are serious leaders who are ready to move their countries forward. Imagine forming their cabinets within one week of being sworn in,” Mr Obi said while addressing in journalists in Lagos State at the weekend.
“Can you compare them with what is happening here in our country? I have always said it that for our country to move forward, it must change its current compass,” he said.
He said the problem of the country range from leadership failures to excessive borrowing with “nothing to show for all the borrowed funds.”
“What we have today in Nigeria is the cumulative effect of leadership failures. A leader must know his/her destination. Painfully, we have plenty of bad role models masquerading as leaders.
“Nigeria is in a total mess because of too much borrowing caused by leadership failures. Our situation will get worse if we do not solve these problems urgently. There is a serious crisis in Nigeria because politics is now business and transactions. In fact, we have reduced our lives to transactions in Nigeria.
“Tell me, what is working in Nigeria today? A country where states owe billions and the federal government has borrowed over N11 trillion since coming into the office and there is nothing to show for all the borrowed funds. Are you not worried that over 21 million of our youths are not employed?
“Nigeria is gradually collapsing and unemployment is part of the disease killing Nigeria. All hands must be on deck to help save our nation from these leadership failures,” he added.
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