Politicians in Nigeria do often act selfishly. Why should a president swear in new ministers at this time when it remains only about some few days to an election. It just came to our notice that President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday did Swear in eight new ministers that were recently confirmed by the upper chamber of the country’s House of Assembly. In a real civilised world, this should not be happening. First of all, it is a suspicious act. Swearing in this ministers when he is going in for a presidential election which he is not sure he will win makes us suspect some foul play going on with regards to the election. He is telling us that he knows he will win 100%. Though personally, I may like him to win because I like his economic plan for the country and nothing more, this act alone drives me mad. I think our politics should be better than this.
Secondly, I think the swearing in of these new ministers is a waste of our money. Money will be spent organising the ceremony of their swearing in and the party that follows it. Also, these ministers will have no time to settle down in office before the election comes. For God’s sake, this is an election period and every politician will be busy campaigning. These new ministers may end up doing nothing before the end of this dispensation. Then what is the economic benefit of swearing them in. Will their swearing in benefit the country or will it benefit Jonathan. I think this is the question we need to ask. And the answer is sure, it can never benefit the country but Jonathan. This is the reason why we are not progressing as we should because politicians make selfish decisions which only benefit them and slows down our progress. It is a waste of our resources. Resources that could have been spent in generating electricity or even taking care of the warefare of our brave warriors fighting to protect us in the Northeastern part of Nigeria. Our politicians could be really wasteful !!! I thought they said the price of oil is falling and our revenue is not as robust as it used to be when oil was selling at above hundred dollars per barrel. Why should we then waste the little money that is coming into the country .
Somebody may tell me it is a political strategy . For me it is a sick political strategy . A political strategy that don’t have the good of the people at heart. A political strategy that is selfish. A political strategy that waste the resources of our nation.
It may please you to know based on a report from Punch newspaper that the inauguration of the new ministers was carried out before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Aso Rock villa, Abuja.
The portfolios of the newly sworn in ministers are as follows :Prof. Nicholas Ada (Minister for State, Foreign Affairs I); Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Minister for State, Foreign Affairs II); Senator Patricia Akwashiki (Minister for Information); Col. Augustine Akobundu (retd.) (Minister for State, Defence); Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo (State, Health); Mrs. Hauwa Bappa (State, Niger Delta Affairs); Mr. Kenneth Kobani (State, Industry, Trade and Investment); and Senator Joel Ikeya (Labour and Productivity).
The President reportedly named the Minister of State, Khaliru Alhassan, as the Minister of Health.
Recall that Alhassan has been acting on the portfolio of the Supervising Minister of Health after Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu reportedly left office in 2014.
According to Daily Trust, the president also swore in 71-year-old Jona Madugu as a Commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission representing Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue while Mrs. Abimbola Sule Kudeyi was inaugurated as the Commissioner of the National Population Commission.
There has been strong criticism and resistance from concerned Nigerians and group over the ministerial list that was reportedly submitted to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The main reason for the criticism of the ministerial list was the inclusion of the former Minister of Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, which made a civil society group, known as All Nigeria Save Democracy Movement (ANSD), kicked against the ministerial nomination of the latter.