The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership will not interfere in the cabinet selection process of President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has assured.
Oyegun, who made the promise when he received a group of Nigerian students paid him a visit in his office on Wednesday, said President Buhari who has spent the last two months strategizing on how best to move the country forward is working independently to assemble “best hands” as ministers. “We have a committed president in Buhari, in fact that is the core of his life and he has spent the last two months understanding the situation that he has taken over without interference and distractions. He has been able to hear, sit and interact with the core operators without third party intermediaries.”
He assured that APC government will change the course of the country for the better by placing the welfare of the citizens above anything else: “What some of us in the progressives’ movement that had now transformed into governance in this country cannot accept is that the nation needs to be as bad as it is today.
“Yes, the circumstances of last 15 years ago are different, the nature of economy is different, people had evolved, but the basic fact remains the same and that is for any nation, for any government to have any legitimacy, its key emphasis and the whole justification for its existence must be the welfare of the people.
“Fortunately, we have a blueprint which makes your welfare and everybody’s welfare the core of his attention. Yes, things have turned out to be worse in the economy than we expected when we were campaigning. Every known indicator of good conduct has been violated and our institutions have factually been destroyed, even to the extent of tampering with security institution.”
He explained that the Buhari administration and the APC have major reconstruction efforts ahead of them. “One can only at this time plead through you to Nigerians to be patient with us because things are much worse than we expected,” he said.
By Olisemeka Obeche