Buhari’s Cabinet: Getting it Right

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Editorial Suite

THE 2015 general election is over. The peace of the graveyard now pervades the nation. Many things gone awry before and during the election have been swept under the carpet and a false sense of grand accomplishment sweeps over the country with the whole world acclaiming. In a way, what is happening is akin to letting the sleeping dog be. Maybe that is the way it should be just to avert the large scale anticipated violence that could have been unleashed on the country otherwise.

But even with the election ruse over, the major challenge facing the incoming administration is how to get the right people to be members of the cabinet. Getting the right people and the right size of cabinet will to a large extent decide whether the new governments being formed in both the federal and state levels will hit the ground running. Nigerians from all walks of life have great expectation from those elected dubiously by the supposedly electorate at all levels of government. At the federal level, more is being expected from General Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, mainly because of his campaign mantra of change. Nigerians expect a lot to change in the way government is run in the country.

Unfortunately, there are no saints anywhere in the country to be used to enforce change. This implies that Buhari will have to pick members of his cabinet from the populace and Nigerians certainly do not want any over bloated government with all manner of special advisers whose outlandish remuneration weigh heavily on the resources of the country. This is certainly not advisable because of the dwindling revenue accruing to the country. Nigerians also expect that more technocrats and professionals than politicians should be involved in the cabinet of the incoming administration. The technocrats and professionals are believed to be in a better position to change the poor state of socio-economic affairs in the country. But will that be the case?

Realnews in this edition of our cover story entitled: The Face of Buhari’s Cabinet decided to present to you those likely to be in the new cabinet and the reason why they are being considered. Olu Ojewale, our general editor, wrote the story. Enjoy it.

Maureen Chigbo 

Editor

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— Mar. 4, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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