The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammau Buhari, had on Thursday night admitted to not knowing most of the people he appointed in his first term in office in 2015.
Buhari had stated this on Thursday at the National Assembly dinner at the Presidential Villa and had insisted on taking as much time as he needed to appoint people he knew personally.
He also hinted that he was under pressure to name his ministerial nominees.
The President said:
“Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.
“I am very much aware about it; I am under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.
“I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.
“But, this time around I’m going to be… me.
“Me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know.”
The president had also refused to speak on those who might make his second term cabinet despite anxiety across the country. There has been various speculations that the country would probably wait for some months before the release of the list like 2015 when Buhari waited for six months to name his cabinet.