👤 Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
In 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari was first elected, it took him six months to appoint his cabinet.
President Buhari, who was re-elected in March 2019 with his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, begin a new term of office today.
The two have had four years to prepare for the new transition, therefore, this time, the 76-year-old President is expected to make his selection much quicker.
Multiple reports and the rumour mills have already began generating a buzz as to who will make it on to the Ministerial list.
For starters, DENISAURUS News understands that in the new regime, Abba Kyari, the current chief of Staff would be appointed as the Petroleum Minister.
President Buhari was in charge of the ministry of Petroleum. His deputy, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu’s fate is not known to this paper.
Others who could end up serving in key ministries include Adamu Adamu, Hamid Ali and Abubakar Malami.
According to a close government source, Mr Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, might retain his portfolio as the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice.
While Mallam Adamu, who served as Minister of Education, is seen as somebody to replace Mallam Kyari as the Chief of Staff.
Mr Ali, the Customs Officer is tipped to take over from Mohammed Mansur Dan-Ali as Defence Minister, according to our sources at the Presidential Villa.
President Buhari, who is expected to be tougher and put up a stiffer fight against corruption, be harder in settling the security challenges facing the country, and provide more commitment in creating a much stable economy, will allegedly give some service chiefs the boot to achieve his aim in taking Nigeria to the NEXT LEVEL.
The likes of the First Lady have complained that the country is being run by a powerful group of two people said to be close to the President Buhari.
If the security chiefs are given the boots, so should those in the “inner cabinet” of the President you would think.
A leading political analyst, Akin Oyebode, who spoke on a leading television station this morning, made the suggestion for the President to “rejig his kitchen cabinet,” if he wants to serves the people better.
But, insiders are saying that much will remain the same with allies of the President known as the cabals, staying in their position and them continuing to take up an important role, especially when it comes to decision making.
An example cited of how things are destined to remain the same, is the retention of the Governor of the Central Bank. The retention of Godwin Emefiele was at the alleged request of the “powerful” kitchen cabinet.
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And the President has recently appointed a director for the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit. The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences also has a five year tenure to complete and if the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission remains in his position, the corruption fight might also take on the same dive as the past four years.
So what is expected to change? DENISAURUS News understands that the new regime will see the end of many ministers who served in the first tenure. The likes of Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, are both thought to be under threat.
The sources added that the Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu, and the current Sport Minister, Solomon Dalung, will not hold a post in the new administration.
Babatunde Fashola is being tipped to become the next Secretary to the State Government.
Mr Fashola, a Senior Advocate of Nigerian who served as Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing is well remembered for his good works in the state of Lagos, where he was Governor for eight years.
The position of the SGF will be a promotion for the 55-year-old former Igbobi college student.
Mr Fashola and the other 35 members of President Buhari’s cabinet are expected to improve in their new roles massively.