President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to name more key members of his government today [June 1], sources close to the president have revealed. This follows the appointment of Femi Adeshina and Mallam Garba Shehu as special adviser and senior special assistant on media and publicity respectively.
One of the sources, who is a member of the defunct transition committee set up by the President, revealed this to Daily Trust. The source said since today marks the first weekday since President Buhari assumed office, it is in order for him to name key members of his government today.
“The President is expected to name at least key officials of his government which include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and his Principal Private Secretary,” he said.
He said it was the understanding of party leaders that the government which was inaugurated on Friday, May 29, could not continue to function with only the President and Vice President hence the expectation that barring unforeseen challenges that the announcements would be made today.
“We expect him to make this appointment today so that the officials will help him run the government as we await further developments, but he definitely has to put these ones in place before any other thing”, the source further stated.
There are indications however that the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders are in suspense over those to be appointed into these positions as President Buhari is said to be keeping the decisions close to his chest. One of the APC stalwarts who asked not to be named said most of them were not sure who would eventually get the president’s nod but that they had been able to get very few names because the President made certain enquiries about certain individuals.
“Some of the names you are hearing came about because the President asked one or two things about them, but nobody can tell you with certainty in what regard the enquiries were made and whether such persons would eventually get the positions,” he said.
President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo were sworn in on Friday.