Buhari announces plan to appoint new ministers

FEC Meeing
From left: President Muhammadu Buhari; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe; Minister of State for Agriculture, Sen Heineken Lokpobiri and Minister of Budget and National Planing, Sen Udoma UdoUdoma during the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja (26/10/17) 05695/26/10/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday announced that he plans to expand the Federal Executive Council, an indication more ministers are to be appointed into the cabinet.

Mr. Buhari stated this in his address to the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday.

“The compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government,” the president said.

Currently, the FEC meets once a week and is made up of one minister from each state of the federation.

The Nigerian constitution requires that at least one minister must come from each state.

In his speech to the APC NEC held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the president also thanked the governors of the party and the leadership of the National Assembly.

Read the full speech below.

May I warmly welcome everybody to this important meeting of our party’s executive body?

Let me on a personal note thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, which the Almighty Allah answered in the restoration of my health.

I wish to thank you all Party leaders for helping to keep the government running smoothly during my prolonged absence.

I would like to start by commending our Party Leadership chaired by His Excellency, Chief John Oyegun. The Chairman and I worked harmoniously during 1984-85 in a previous government. Happily, circumstances have brought us again to positions of leadership in the country.

I want to thank Chief Oyegun and his staff for steering the party in the last two and a half years. Sometimes it is easier to manage failure than to manage success – and a big success such as that we have achieved.

I must also commend the leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Rt. Hon. Speaker Mr. Yakubu Dogara. I must place on record the cooperation and understanding of the National Assembly including some non-APC members who rose above petty party interests and acted in the national interest.

My deep thanks also go to our State Governors who faced stiff challenges, especially their determination to maintain unity and tolerance among our communities. This is in the face of unnecessary politically motivated strife and violence. Credit should go to APC Governors for extending their hand of fellowship to their colleagues from other parties.

In my remarks to the Caucus meeting yesterday, I enumerated the progress that our government has made in the implementation of the programs of government and the Party Manifesto.

We can be proud of our achievements in the last two years, Boko Haram, Niger Delta, Regular Fuel, Improved Power, TSA, Agriculture and Fertilizer, above all, the knowledge that corruption will not be tolerated in this Government. We all know there is CHANGE.

Nigeria’s prestige has gone up, Nigeria is now credit –worthy, a clear testimony of which was the over-subscription of the Euro-Bond by 4 times.

Nevertheless, we are not resting on our achievements. I am quite aware of the challenges before us.

Last year I said we would re-constitute the Boards of Parastatals.

I must regret the fact that we have not done so, for many reasons.

Some of us in this meeting may know I had given instructions since October 2015 for this exercise to start. But there have been inordinate delays through several Committees in an attempt to get the balance right and to make sure all parts of the country are equitably represented.

On the other hand I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced. By the Grace of God these appointments will be announced soon. Especially now that the economy is improving, we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.

By the same token the compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government.

Let me thank you all again for the commitment and dedicated service to our Party and to remind you that much more will be required of you in the coming months. I hope we can continue to depend on you.

If we keep united and rise above petty or personal quarrels we will surely achieve the desired CHANGE in the country.

I wish us happy deliberations.

Thank you.


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  • FreeNigeria

    plan to breed more parasites

    • Sean

      It’s our country and can do as we wish

  • Edwin

    “Bringing in more supporters at federal level” we are doomed with this crop of APCshits

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      the ones he has are not performing. He wants to bring in more. Let’s bet, 75% of the new appointees will be from the North/formerACN/PTF.

    • rules_emmanuelO.

      Lol. I saw it though. The man just takes impunity to another level. Let the ‘supporters’ come in! 95% vs 5% President!

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian constitution requires that at least one minister must come from each state

    I couldn’t see myself supporting any military coup in Nigeria but might change my mind if the coup’s objective were to return Nigeria to 12 states.

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      I have to agree with you

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I think regional governance will do. States do increase costs .

        • Someone

          explain. if states are allowed to own their resources I dont see how costs will go up.

          I think the states should be reduced to a manageable sise. most of them were products of ibb and it only increased costs and corruption and emphasis on political positions by every nigerian you see.

          indonesia military took over when the civilians were playing games. no one in the world can say no to them. not even the united states. the corruption by all the civilian politicians since 1999 days are just too much. they only want to steal, steal, steal, steal, be it lawal, oke, baru, maina. we should have death penalty for all of them.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Well I will personally join a guerilla movement to confront any soldier who obstructs democracy once more.

            Coming to the issue of states,it is true that many states are economically unviable and cannot sustain themselves so the six geo-political zones should be able to sustain themselves as every zone has enough human and natural resources to exploit. The states module should be discarded ,it places regions in disadvantaged positions politically, do not forget that Nigeria is a tribal mosiac and the tribal element is very prominent, it cannot be denied or wished away.

          • Someone

            really? when military takes over from all these corrupt gorillas, you will be one of their first supporters.

            i have no problem with states explanation, i think tribal/region structure should not be ignored if it will create economically viability. i suppose this must be done in piecemeal small steps if it is to be achieved/

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Check my history on social media, I dislike military politicians with a passion. Do not forget that the Nigerian military is more corrupt than civilians and you would have sold all your human rights to them so you do not complain as they wreck havoc.

          • Mufu Ola

            Why didn’t u pick arms during the last operation that flushed away Nnamdi KANU?

    • So oju abe niko

      No military coup whatsoever, no matter how lofty the goal. We are where we are now on account of military coups. We are currently in the current mess on account of Ironsi’s coup of 1966. The original bloody coup of Jan 1966 failed. It was foiled my Ironsi, who then turned around to carry out a bloodless coup 2 days later (just like the Abacha’a coup of 1993).

      • Someone

        do you like the way this people are stealing people’s pensions? ???

        its like flogging ones old grandmother. do you like it??? if the system is not working, then get tough people in, even if it is the military.
        this is why i like china. steal, you lose you head.

        • So oju abe niko

          The issue is corruption in the military is even worse. The press is able to report almost everything in the civilian setting, and the public is therefore better informed. As a result, we complain and complain, until the elected government eventually do something about our complaints, because they can be held accountable in the next election cycle. The military on the other hand are not beholden to anyone. We think that they are better simply because we are not well informed about their activities.

          • Mufu Ola

            Let’s stop military for everything.There was corruption during military era but I’m not sure it’s as industrial as the cilivian rule.Military officers were conscious of facts that they have superiors & may be removed anytime or fall through coup.But a civilian will hide under constitution by laying claim to 4 or 8 yrs & can loot as much he likes without any fear. No fear of coup.Impeachment very unlikely if he’s “wise” enough to settle lawmakers regularly. The military on d other hand have inbuilt mechanism to reduce/curtail looting through fear of higher authority or coup.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Well the six geo-political zones is a better module because you cannot force all Igbos in the SE under one state as it were during the 12 state configuration,that was wicked marginalization.

      • So oju abe niko

        First, I certainly agree with you that the current six blocks should form the basis of Nigerian political restructuring.

        However, I would like to clarify a few things on the old 12 states. The old 12 states was an arbitrary creation to prepare for the civil war and takes care of the 2-decades of minority agitation. If you notice, the Yorubas like Igbo were also essentially in one state – Western region essentially became Western State, with just the Colony Province sliced off (from Western region) to merge with the Lagos FCT to form the Lagos State. The states were not meant to be equal. The thinking back then, preferable to our politicians, is to have a single unit for the major ethnic groups, for electoral power. For instance, had Gowon sliced off Western region properly into two in that state creation, he could have incurred the wrath of Awo. The creation of 6 states from the North was seen as a blow by the Hausa/Fulani Politicians, while the middle-belters who have been locked in state creation struggles for 2 decades rejoiced. The geography of the Eastern region necessitated the creation of 2 minority states, even though the Eastern minority was then less than 40% of the Eastern region population – there was no way, a contiguous state of the minority could have been created out of the old Eastern region.

        At the end of the civil war, the basis of foreign revenue has shifted from produce to oil. Whereas revenue was going from the region to the center previously, the central government took control of oil revenue in the course of the civil war. At the end of the civil war, no state apart from Kano and Lagos could support itself on the basis of IGR alone. Federal government doled out money to the states on the basis of 50% revenue generation and 50% on population and other factors. Rivers and Midwest bacame the richest states in the federation by a long short. For instance Midwest was only about 1/3 of Western state in population, but was more than twice richer than the West. That was the basis of the huge economic and infrastructural developments in the the Midwest and Rivers in the 70s, despite monumental corruptions in those two states, especially Rivers State.

        • thusspokez

          … the current six blocks should form the basis of Nigerian political restructuring.

          You might not be aware that Nigeria once had 3, and then 4 regions before the civil war. I hope that you are not suggesting that Nigeria repeats the mistakes of yore?

          Two many states, as in post-1976 Nigeria, is not conducive to rapid economic development, whereas too few regions can pose a threat to national security — as was the case in pre-1967 Nigeria, culminating in the civil-war.

          For example, Ojukwu would not have received the consent and backing of all Igbo states governors for him to declare war against Nigeria. And after the war, if Nigeria had gone back to regions, the likes of Kanu could easily have started another civil war.

      • thusspokez

        six geo-political zones

        Why are called “geo-political”?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Alex Ekwueme came with the idea first and gave that designation of region cum political . He is an advocate of regionalism I guess.

          • Mufu Ola

            Who told u Alex Ekwueme came up with “geopolitical zones”? It was some groups advocating for Abacha to transmute to civilian President that started d nonsense.It was after Abacha died & politicians regrouped that it gained more prominence It wasn’t Ekwueme’s original idea.

    • rules_emmanuelO.

      Are you seriously considering the idea of a military dictatorship over a democracy? Mmh!

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        My brother how do we constitutionally get out of this mess?

        • Someone

          death penalty for corrupt criminals.

      • Mufu Ola

        What’s wrong with military rule? Is it not madness for some people to cull “the worst civilian rule is better than best military rule” slogan?That’s a fraudulent assertion.

  • thusspokez

    Currently, the FEC meets once a week and is made up of one minister from each state of the federation.

    It is a long held belief of mine that the authors of the Nigerian constitution were traitors to Nigeria. They neither had the interest nor advancement nor preservation of Nigeria in their thinkings, rather they were there to represent their tribes-people and their thought processes were dominated by what Nigeria could do for their tribes-people. The composition of the FEC is a case in point.

    It would seem that the FEC had been modelled on the UN General Assembly — intended not for running governments but as talking shop, and what a wonderful method for creating an illusion of everyone having a voice in the government.

    If the FEC is for efficient running of government, then dare I ask the rationale for having two ministers from the same ministry in the FEC as shown below?

    Two ministers from the Education
    Anthony Onwuka – State for Education
    Adamu Adamu – Education

    Two ministers from the Foreign Affairs
    Khadija Bukar Abba – State for Foreign Affairs
    Geoffrey Onyeama – Foreign Affairs

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      And check it – doing nothing. I don’t know how we are going to address this issue of over-bloated governance in the Executive and Legislature. Neither bodies will support a system that reduces their size. If only it was the old days of military coups…

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The simple answer is that there must be a northerner in any ministry where a southerner is minister especially the SE ministers

      • Someone

        myabe just split the country into 2.

      • Man_Enough

        Nobody will trust any biafran for now.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          You can call a referendum if you are not a coward.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This incompetent president should be talking about changing his whole bunch of non-performing ministers rather he is appointing more and increasing the burden on an increased recurrent expenditure. There is no doubt that there is a negative political calculation designed to use appointments to gamble for votes in 2019.

    Nigeria is indeed on a “one chance bus” , Buhari is not fit for purpose , he lacks vision and he is blinded by ethnicity, nepotism and a deep seated wickedness towards certain regions. Buhari is not democratically inclined as a person, he does not understand rule of law in democratic governance .

    • Arabakpura

      I am going to reject him next time on two grounds; low level education and incompetence! I am not going to vote for anybody who is not a university graduate as a minimum next time even if the person looks like a mastiff dog! He is the last of such I will vote as president!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Think twice, Albert Einstein was not a graduate and former British PM John Major was not a graduate either however in those days ,many O’level students were better educated than the type of graduates emerging from Nigerian universities these days.

        Buhari is short-sighted and narrow minded , he is too much of a sectional supremacist , his whole tunnel vision is about the Muslim north and education could not change that.

        • Arabakpura

          The educational angle is a bench mark; it takes him too long to read reports, even the ones submitted by his deputy whom he should trust! I concluded it naturally that there was no reason to be magnanimous in that direction! Nigerians should not be made to suffer all round!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I was only trying to point out that Buhari is a dull person on the interlectual front, IBB for instance is a bright person and if you listen to him read and talk ,you will not notice that he did not pass through the gates of a university.

            I strongly believe that a HND holder for instance is a very educated person as well.

          • Arabakpura

            Oh, I see! That’s fine!

      • Powerlessconscious

        Who cares. Only a thief can support thieves. Who cares.

        Nigerians will not vote for FAKE EDUCATED PHD again. Your decision is yours. We just want a good leader that form good team for success. God bless baba.

        • Arabakpura

          Sai Baba corruption! The other one went to school and had flexibility of thoughts even though he has thieving tendencies! This one takes 6 months to study reports even the ones submitted by his deputy whom he ought to trust! In addition to this, he is a thief! Let’s then worry only about thieving and not mental capacity which I believe anybody with the University education who scales our scrutiny ought to have!

          • Powerlessconscious

            Thieving tendencies? You call tell the GULLIBLES that. PhD gej was simple a thief, not thieving tendencies. He was a thief and leaders of CRIMINAL GANGS. He is supposed to be in prison by now normally. Because this gang breeded a lot of nigerians into their CRIMIMAL ACTIVITIES. Therefore some Nigerians think like them.

          • Arabakpura

            You are correct at your Jonathan’s perception! It does appear that thieving is in the Nigerian politicians DNA! Therefore, to eliminate some of the unwanted odds, we should request the minimum qualifications as university education! OBJ is a good example of how an illiterate can be transformed with education! You can see that he has become more cerebral but the tragedy of it all was that OBJ was our President when he was crude, rude and uncouth!

            Buhari can go back to school after this term; and anybody who wants to aspire to be President should go to school and acquire the education before contesting! It shouldn’t be the other way anymore!

            It was a serious red flag that we ignored when Gen Buhari talked about West Germany as he is going to talk about the Soviet Union when the World Cup starts by next year!

          • Powerlessconscious

            I think you have a problem of understanding simple english. Gej had all your minimum qualifications but he was still a criminal, leaders of of gang of looters. So what qualification are you asking for again that a looter gej or his pdp associate does not have?

          • Arabakpura

            And you have brought this one who in addition to thieving cannot understand English like me! He has no business being there; let’s worry about thieves alone!

          • Powerlessconscious

            What has buhari stolen?

          • Arabakpura

            You will be appraised of all of them soon! Do not drink ground-wine yet; up-wine is coming!

          • Powerlessconscious

            Study report is your headache. You are the PRODUCT of your DECISIONS.

          • Arabakpura

            If you don’t have an easy grasp, how can you solve a problem like Nigeria apart from offering your primitive nature? Which is exactly what the man is doing!

          • pambegua

            At least it is said ‘IT IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER’ While PDP(PhD) is NEVER attack corruption party, APC(SSCE as you claim) is a party that attack corruption even IF it takes one year Baba will still attack corruption. I think I prefer APC (Said baba)

          • Arabakpura

            I don’t prefer any of them! I just want them to good that will benefit Nigerians and I think that the qualifications of whoever is in charge of any party may be an impediment! APC didn’t tell us they were offering us a snail!

      • Mufu Ola

        A WAEC holder with good or average grade appear to be more intelligent than a guy like you.Experience have shown over the past few years that lots of Nigerian graduates are badly educated. U’re one of them.

  • Riot50000

    ALL FROM DAURA, ALL FOOLANI

  • Arabakpura

    Initially,he said he would maintain a lean federal executive structure, now, there is money and there is a need to expand to have more supporters to come and chop! I have not been scammed this way all my life! Sai Baba corruption!

    • Someone

      hahahhhhahaahh. ol price is gong up. it should stay down, so we are serious

    • grand maze

      You never see anything yet, just relax fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. Before the regime is over, whenever you hear change you will pick race. All the idea of expanding FEC and reconstituting parastatals is the new attempt to scam the SW, SE and SS in preparation for 2019 after which they will be dumped more for only Daura appointees.

      • Powerlessconscious

        But some dub supporters of pdp are still abusing baba for delay. Are you guys not one in thinking?

        Mind you, you can think what ever you like. Baba will not do illegal. Pdp 16years of govt was a DISASTER.

  • KBE

    What you don’t have you can’t give. It takes a lot of brain to lead a country like Nigeria. Whatever conclusion is yours.

    • Ojo Ka

      It doesn’t take a lot of brian, just let corruption reign.

    • Uzoma John

      Brain like Jonathan’s?

      • Yego V

        Really ; you are still talking about Jonathan

  • UYI111

    We know buhari plan is to create non important portfolio to bribe Southerners specially the Southeast before 2019 just like most of them right now i.e Amaechi whose Northern minister of state is more powerful than him or Baru NNPC GD who called the shorts above Kachukwu .
    Stop fooling yourself bokohari U are a looser !!!!!!!

  • Yego V

    PMB. Please take another 12 months to choose other dullards as Ministers. Unfortunately “size” wouldn’t matter. You’d think that a “wise ” president would assess the current “brood of vipers ” he has as ministers; (none of whom is worthy of keeping ) sack ALL, then contract the services of an employment agency to SCREEN his APC shortlist (Assuming there’s any left that is any better than these bunch of nonentities. I cannot imagine that Buhari spent 6 months claiming he is scouting for the VERY BEST. Lo and behold we had the likes of Lai Mohammed. I imagine Buhari went to hell.