Nigerians clamouring for the sack of some members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet over perceived inefficiency, might have to tarry a while before their wish would come true as the president on Tuesday night said he had confidence in his team.
The president, who spoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, while making closing remarks at a dinner organised in his honour by his host, Governor Dave Umahi, in the Banquet Hall of the Government House, said he had a good team.
According to the president, a number of his appointees were unknown to him before their appointments, pointing out that the appointments were based on merit and proven track records.
A statement by the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, Wednesday said Buhari also emphasised that he had always put the best interest of Nigeria into consideration before making decisions.
He said: ‘‘Some of the people holding high positions in the government, like my ministers, will tell you that I didn’t know them from Adam.
‘‘I just came across their names from the records and I worked with the records. I thank God that I have a very good team.’’
According to the statement, the president commended the governor for his development strides in the state, saying: ‘‘The absolute commitment of the governor to his position is very remarkable and I am very impressed.’’
While expressing gratitude to God and the people of Ebonyi State for recognising his modest contribution to the country, Buhari described Nigeria as a great country with incredible resources and highly talented people.
‘‘We should continue to pray to God that the elites that will be in charge of the country in the future fear God,’’ he said.