President Muhammadu Buhari has said that The Federal Government of Nigeria can not afford to pay forty two ministers
He also stated that not all the minister nominees that have been screened will have portfolio, adding that he will reduce the number of ministries. President Muhammadu Buhari in an interview in New Delhi in India said that he is working with a team of people introduced to him by people that he trusts and he is obligated to work with them.
President Muhammadu Buhari while answering questions on the the seeming divide in the National Assembly over Rotimi Amaechi’s confirmation as minister said ” This is team work I said I know people but there are people that I accept from other people in our team that I trust without even knowing them”.
‘May be those that are having problem in the National Assembly I doubt if I have meet him in my life but then I am working with others”
‘I did not work into the presidency alone. I have to defend on all the three tiers of government from all part of the country”.
President Muhammadu Buhari said that he can not work out outside the constitution and that ministers must be appointed in conformity with the constitution of the Federal Government and that ministerial appointment must reflect the 36 states of the country.
“We can not work outside constitution there must be a cabinet representative from each state”
“There use to be forty two minister but I think we can nearly keep have half of that now because we can not afford it. Other may not be substantive ministers but they will seat in the cabinet because that is what the constitution said and we can’t operate outside the constitution”
“We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria.
Maxwell Ashiuloka – Abuja