The President on Monday has explained to the general public why there have been delays as regards ministerial appointments, attributing it to the late submission of the transition committee’s report on the previous administration to him. This was made known while speaking to journalists at the Summit of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“I don’t know why people are so anxious about ministers. But eventually we will have (them).
“But the main reason is that I have an interim committee which I agreed with former President Jonathan that the ministers of the outgoing government should hand over their notes or their documents to this interim committee so that a position can be prepared for the new government to start from with clear records from ministers.
“But the ministers knew that they were going but the technocrats, the permanent secretaries and directors and so on, they know they would remain.
“If anything goes wrong they would be invited to explain, but unfortunately the outgoing government did not cooperate.
“So, what the committee did was to divide itself into about five sub-committees and get a resource person that was willing to come and bring the document, and so they prepared and I got the report I think three days ago.
“I was waiting for this report because I would like to know what position in the government especially in terms of finance and petroleum industry. So, I am not in a hurry to get ministers.
“I want to get ministers after at least I have seen the report because I don’t have to appoint a minister today and sack him the next week because this report would give me what actually happened in terms of security, economy of the country.
“And since I have to have ministers from politicians and technocrats, I wouldn’t (like to) make the mistake of getting somebody, who has been involved on account of accountability”.
Mr. Buhari added that he, and former presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Abdulsalami Abubakar, had agreed to letting the former ministers hand over their notes to the interim committee he had formed.
He said that the planned examination of the handover notes had to be suspended when the outgoing ruling party accused his then incoming administration of forming a parallel government.