From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Mixed reactions have continued to trail ministerial nominee list released by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
While elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai declared that the list is infected with “fantastically corrupt” politicians, former Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Abdulrahman Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, commended President Buhari for picking people of proven integrity to serve in his new cabinet.
Kawu Sumaila, former member of House of Representatives from Kano state, particularly hailed Buhari for appointing Alhaji Sabo Nanono, an accomplished farmer and Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) from Kano state as members of his new cabinet.
Yakasai, former Political Adviser to the late ex-President Shehu Shagari, in a Statement made available to journalists in Kano on Tuesday said that Buhari’s ministerial list is a betrayal to his anti-corruption crusade.
Yakasai noted that, “the new ministerial list submitted by the President to the Senate is representative enough, but the nomination of certain people perceived to be fantastically corrupt made mockery of the President’s war against corruption.
“The fact remains that the returnees are many means, that the policy of the new government will not be much different with that of the outgoing.
“My only observation is that, since majority of the nominees are already known to the president his delay in submitting ministerial nomination is unjustifiable.”
But Kawu Sumaila who briefly chatted with journalists at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, disagreed with Yakasai, pointing out that the new ministerial list is made up of competent politicians cum administrators and credible public office holders who are determined to work with President Buhari in his desire to take Nigeria to the Next Level.
Kawu urged Nigerians to disregard allegations of corruption and lopsidedness in selecting the personalities who made the list, adding that Buhari has justified his constitutional responsibility by being fair to all ethnic nationalities, states and interest groups in selecting members of his new cabinet.
According to him, “remember the president has said he will only appoint persons he is familiar with and that he did. Those on the list are capable hands well known to the president especially those from Kano, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, a traditional title holder and illustrious farmer and Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd).
“Those saying the President’s list is not balanced are not aware of the constitutional right of the president. The constitution says the president should appoint one person each from the states which he did. Again the president has the prerogative to appoint any other persons from anywhere.”