Buhari’s new cabinet: Anxiety as old faces surface on ministerial list

Anxiety has gripped former ministers and members of All Progressives Congress (APC), following indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may submit his cabinet list to Senate this week as senators resume sitting tomorrow.

Presidency sources said a number of former cabinet members would make the list.

The cabinet list, according to the source, will reach senate, barely one month after Mr Buhari’s inauguration; to give senators ample time to screen the nominees before they commence on summer break on July 26.

Buhari had, on May 6, upon his arrival from London, where he spent 10 days on a private visit, said he would not disclose those who will be part of his cabinet in his second term to anyone yet. Asked what kind of people would make his next cabinet, the president replied: “I won’t tell you.”

Buhari, however, in a special interview aired on NTA, on May 28, said he may retain some ministers, as his first term wound down.

The president disclosed that he had asked ministers to submit their records of achievement but was considering whether some “would stay,” for another four years, which began on May 29.

Some names said to have been considered, in Plateau State, are Mr. Solomon Dalung, immediate past minister of Youth and Sports and a close political ally of Buhari or Mrs. Pauline Talen, a close associate of the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

From Kebbi State, it was gathered that Mr. Abubakar Malami, immediate past attorney general of the Federation and minister of Justice, who is one of the five members of the kitchen cabinet of the president, is likely to be re-appointed.

Immediate past minister of Education and long time associate of the president, Mr Adamu Adamu, from Bauchi State, sources said, is being touted as the president’s new chief of staff.

It was also gathered that Bauchi State may get two ministerial slots because the president is said to be considering immediate past governor of state, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who lost to People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr Bala Mohammed.

There were hints that president Buhari may retain Mr. Hadi Sirika, immediate past minister of state for Aviation, who is from Katsina State.

Also, Adamawa state’s  representative in the last cabinet and immediate past minister of FCT, Mr. Mohammed Bello, may make the list, as the factors that necessitated his appointment earlier have not changed.

The two female ministers representing Kaduna and Sokoto states are believed  to have got favourable consideration for the new cabinet. There are similarities in the factors which necessitated the appointment of FCT minister and the two female ministers.

Immediate past minister of Interior, Mr Abdulrahman Dambazau, from Kano State,  who is a strong political associate of president Buhari, may also have made the list.

From Zamfara State, sources said it is either Mr. Mansur Dan-Ali, immediate past minister of Defence or Mr Magaji Gusau, a former federal permanent secretary and member of the Presidential Campaign Council.



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