The first term of President Muhammadu Buhari has been filled with so many intrigues. This is especially so when we examine the performance of ministers appointed under the administration.
Within the four year period, many of these ministers have received endless banter, friendly jabs and commendations from Nigerians. In fact, the cabinet is by far the worst that Nigeria has had since 1999.
In a country of extremely talented and resourceful persons, the Buhari cabinet, 2015 -2019 is by far a scandal. Sadly, that has not stopped the president from extending their stay in office until Tuesday, May 28th.
The president extended their stay at the valedictory federal executive council meeting held at the state house, Abuja, today.
The president acknowledged that the meeting was the last as his cabinet for the 2015 to 2019 tenure, but told the ministers to keep working, and preparing to hand over to the permanent secretaries of their various ministries.
They are to submit their handover letters to the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) on the same date.
It is on record that Buhari is the first president since 1999 to keep his cabinet intact till the end of his term. But while the ministers enjoy an extral week in power, we at DailyAdvent can’t wait to reveal the worst cabinet members among them.
Usani Usani Uguru – Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
Mr Usani can be literally described as the Invisible minister in the outgoing administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from his suspension by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, for anti party affairs, not much is known about his activities as minister. And so we leave it that way because there is really nothing to talk about.
Mr Adebayo Shittu – Minister of Communication
Coming next behind Uguru is Nigeria’s communications minister, Adebayo Shittu. The minister had spent more time politicking to become the next governor of Oyo State than chatting a communication development roadmap for the country. He eventually lost out after it was discovered that he skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He will be remembered for attempting to introduce telecom tax or increasing data price.
Adamu Adamu – Minister of Education
For many academics, President Buhari’s appointment of Mallam Adamu Adamu as Education Minister was a surprise because he is not a professor like other ministers who had led the ministry in the past. That aside, the activities of the ministry during the Buhari administration show Mallam Adamu is more of a journalist than an administrator. The sector has not left its pre-2015 state, as there is no coherent policy to advance the quality of education.
Adamu who hails from Bauchi State has had a running battle with virtually all agencies and parastatals under him. Judging by the number of strikes by labour unions in his ministry, Mr Adamu is in the same non-performing status as the other four in this article.
Mr Solomon Dalung – Minister of Youth and Sports
There is nothing that can be said of Mr Dalung’s achievement as sport minister other than his frequent attack on parastatals under him. If he is not at loggerheads with the NFA, he is calling on the EFCC to beam their searchlight on the monumental corruption ravaging the sports industry which he heads. Everywhere you turn, sportsmen and sportswomen are complaining about a dearth of facilities and poor welfare. These are of no concern to the minister as he continues to give us more of his khaki attire and red berets with no recipe for success in sports administration.
And the crown for worst minister goes to the Honourable minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
The recent campaign chief to President Buhari, is one of the most controversial minister under President Buhari’s first term. Aside from his performance in the rail sector, his utterances on national issues has won him more enemies than friends. A leaked audio which show the former Rivers Governor attacking his boss, will definitely be his greatest undoing. Not forgetting his inability to deliver Rivers State for APC in the 2019 elections.
As we prepare for the second term of president Buhari, it is hoped that he will do away with hangers-on and long-time loyalists and pick credible technocrats who know how to get the job done.