Following President Muhammadu Buhari declaration that all ministers are noisemakers, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that ministers, yet to be appointed into the federal cabinet will be useless in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, added that Buhari will attach no respect or value to those he will nominate as ministers.
According to the party, the disposition of the President was not to appoint aides, but to run the government as a sole administrator.
The party alleged that this was the reason why President Buhari had been shifting the dates when he would appoint members of his cabinet.
They alleged that because of the President’s disposition, those to be appointed ministers would not be respected by Buhari.
The party said, “The flip-flopped promise of our President to name a cabinet, a deadline which he shifted from two weeks of assumption of office to the end of September, is actually a reluctant pledge and done under great duress.
“From his hesitancy and comments, it is deducible that President Buhari never intended to appoint ministers but rather prefers to run a monocracy and evidently does not value or respect those he would nominate as ministers.
“Otherwise, how can anyone repackage the mindset of the President when he, in an interview with France 24 Television in France, stated categorically that his preference is to rule without a cabinet and denigrated ministers as ‘noise makers,’ and of no importance or value in the running of an administration?
“Given this worrisome outlook, it is obvious that the Presidency would not attach any value or importance to the ministers under the new sheriff.”
Metuh added that the refusal of the President to have a cabinet was already taking its toll on government’s activities, both in the country and outside.
“The refusal to have ministers has resulted in the government conveying dictatorial inclinations as amply exhibited in its adamant stance in running a government without the statutory component of an executive cabinet, even when the negative consequences of this strange totalitarian approach are taking serious toll on the polity,” he added.
Speaking on the absence of Nigeria at one of the meetings at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, where the issue of humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency in Lake Chad countries including Nigeria was discussed, Metuh said it was a further proof of the ineptitude of the handlers of the President on national and international issues.
He said his party was angry because of what he described as the President’s delegation’s dereliction of duty, which he said manifested in the snubbing of a crucial meeting where countries affected by Boko Haram insurgency sought international assistance for millions of people displaced by terrorism.
He said, “Much more pathetic and shocking, but very revealing of the insincerity and ineptitude of those around the President was the disconcerting excuse by an aide of the President in trying to explain away this blunder.
“Instead of admitting failure and apologising to Nigerians, the Presidency sought to hoodwink the public by claiming that the meeting was not one of the official events for which the President and his delegation are in New York, only for the official brochure of the meeting tagged, ‘High Level Event on the Lake Chad Basin’, to show that ‘high level representation from the government of Nigeria’ was scheduled to make contributions at the meeting.”