President Buhari sends ministerial nominees to Senate for screening

“To be brutally honest, I do not recollect Buhari being an effective petroleum minister”.


In separate interviews with State House correspondents yesterday after a low-key independence anniversary celebration at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Saraki, Chief Justice Mohammed and Odigie-Oyegun all said Nigeria was on the right path to greatness.

Nigeria is ready and willing to partner with global agencies and individual countries on a bilateral basis to confront crimes and corruption”.

On oil – the main revenue generator for the government – Buhari confirmed steps had been taken to “sanitise” the state-run oil firm to cut inefficiency and graft as well as re-start domestic refining of crude.

On the plus side, the oil-rich and volatile southern Niger Delta, the back yard of Jonathan, a Christian like most of the Delta population, has stayed calm since the accession of Buhari, who hails from the predominantly Muslim north. “So people can still successfully [steal] without him knowing”, Adunbi said during a telephone interview Thursday. We can create a lot of jobs from it more than the jobs created from the oil and gas industry. “He has rewarded selflessness, perseverance and loyalty”, the source said. “The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the owing states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians”. The report found the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has increasingly stolen large sums of money from the Nigerian treasury.

The NNPC has become a byword for corruption and previous year was accused of failing to remit $20 billion in revenue to the central bank.

He would re-evaluate in about 18 months.

“As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events”. “We want to see what we have done in reducing the size and redeploying most of the management”. September expires 12 midnight today and I want to assure Nigerians that as soon as we get possession of the list, we will communicate to them.

President Buhari also proposed the adoption of peace as a seventh essential element of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted last Friday by world leaders in New York.

Buhari first came to power in a 1983 coup, and quickly set about “fixing” a country saddled with corruption and inequality via an eclectic mix of economic nationalism and military autocracy.

Our reporter says the long time it has taken to make his choices seems to have been to allow for an extensive vetting process to find suitable candidates who have not themselves been corrupt. But the group still killed around 900 people since Buhari took over.


Saraki said: “I am hopeful and confident that the future is very bright”.

Olusegun Obasanjo