President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will pick patriotic, decent and experienced people to serve as ministers in his government
President Buhari who disclosed his criteria for picking his cabinet members during an exclusive appearance on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA’s) “Good Morning Nigeria,” on Monday also revealed that technocrats and politicians will make the much awaited list of ministerial of nominees. “From what I have seen so far, we need really patriotic Nigerians. Those that can work very hard, knowledgeable, experienced and committed Nigerians, to be in charge of ministries…We have to look for technocrats and we have to look for politicians and certainly we have to look for decent people in this class to give them the responsibility of being in charge of ministries and important parastatals (agencies),” he stressed.
According to the former military head of state, the country’s institutions and systems have suffered unprecedented abuse and paralysis because everybody is pursuing selfish ends. “A lot of the institutions of Nigeria, the important institutions, were compromised. Everybody was for himself and God for all of us, it’s most unfortunate. We have the people, educated people, experienced people but everybody seemed to be working for himself, thinking of how much he could get as much and as quick as possible,” he said.
President Buhari said his government will try as much as possible to avoid appointing people who are already compromised by corruption. “By this, I mean people who have been in the system but compromised their personal and professional integrity. It is taking so much time because a number of knowledgeable people have been compromised,” he said.
By Olisemeka Obeche