Ministerial Nominees: A Good List For The Next Level

By Yusufu Shehu Usman

Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar that there is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyages of their lives are bound in shallows and miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat. We must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures
And there is a common saying that time and tide waits for no one
The long awaited list of those proposed to serve as Ministers of the Federal Republic has finally been released.
Of course there would be so many happy with the composition just like there would also be those not so happy or even disappointed with list. The reasons for happiness or discontent could be many and varied.
But that is only natural especially in Nigeria where we have established for our selves the negative reputation for interpreting government actions no matter how well intended, in the terms of our primordial sentiments of tribe, religion and nepotism and in a limited sense, region of origin.
When appointments are made, the first thing that attracts public attention is, where is he/ she from, what tribe is he, what is his religion and what is his relationship with the appointor?
It is only in very few cases that Nigerians will ask the more serious and determining questions like: what is his pedigree, how does he stand on the scale of integrity, probity, accountability, what are his qualifications, experience, competence and capacity to deliver on the assignment that he is appointed to perform?
It is therefore not surprising that with the release of the Ministerial nominees by President Muhammmadu Buhari yesterday, the media especially the social media was awash with all kinds of comments from across the nation
There are many who are celebrating because their brothers, political associates, friends, and religious and tribal compatriots have made the list
On the other side of the divide, there those who are angry or disappointed that their chosen or preferred candidates didn’t make the list
One thing that struck me from reading most of the comments is, I hardly read opinion about the nominees on the very important reasons that commended them to the President for the very important appointment as Ministers.
There is no doubt that the President took his time and very meticulously screened and evaluated the quality, capacity, capability and the pedigree of each and every person he nominated to constitute a member of his cabinet and President Buhari being the thorough bred patriot that he is, must have been completely satisfied with each and every nominee before bringing him forth as a Minister designate
It is therefore unfair to criticise the president on the choice of who should be in his cabinet or who in his wisdom, he has left out of the team
It must be appreciated that the ministerial slots are limited and it is not every person who thinks he has worked for the President’s success at the polls or who for some other reasons believes that he merits to be compensated with ministerial appointment that will be appointed a Minister of the Federal Republic.
The president has made his choice and as stated earlier, he must have taken so many factors into consideration before coming out with list.
I commend the president for his foresight and forth rightness in combing through the maze and haze of thousands of eminently qualified and competent Nigerians to come out with a short list of the best among the best for the consideration and approval of the Senate
I hope that the Senate will do a good job of the screening exercise to confirm the nominees of the president and in appropriate cases and for good reasons, reject any the Senate may find unqualified to hold such important public office. That is the reason why the constitution requires the approval or confirmation of the senate before the appointment to the office of a Minister
It is my hope that all the nominees will successfully scale the screening of the senate
As for those who thought that they should have made the list but did not, they should appreciate the fact that not every body can be Minister. Therefore, they should not because of selfishness or anger turn themselves into wailers overnight. There are still other important appointments yet to be made by the president and if it’s their destiny, I am sure that the President will eventually compensate them in due course.
The bottom line is that power and positions belong to God and He gives it to any body He likes at the Time He likes and for how long He likes.
I hope with the quality of those nominated to serve as Ministers, we are on the right course to a more successful second and last tenure of the President as he moves Nigeria to next level of consolidation, progress and sustainable development of our great countryMY THOUGHT This Morning

THE LIST:
The List Is Out And It’s A Good List

Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar that there is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyages of their lives are bound in shallows and miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat. We must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures
And there is a common saying that time and tide waits for no one
The long awaited list of those proposed to serve as Ministers of the Federal Republic has finally been released.
Of course there would be so many happy with the composition just like there would also be those not so happy or even disappointed with list. The reasons for happiness or discontent could be many and varied.
But that is only natural especially in Nigeria where we have established for our selves the negative reputation for interpreting government actions no matter how well intended, in the terms of our primordial sentiments of tribe, religion and nepotism and in a limited sense, region of origin.
When appointments are made, the first thing that attracts public attention is, where is he/ she from, what tribe is he, what is his religion and what is his relationship with the appointor?
It is only in very few cases that Nigerians will ask the more serious and determining questions like: what is his pedigree, how does he stand on the scale of integrity, probity, accountability, what are his qualifications, experience, competence and capacity to deliver on the assignment that he is appointed to perform?
It is therefore not surprising that with the release of the Ministerial nominees by President Muhammmadu Buhari yesterday, the media especially the social media was awash with all kinds of comments from across the nation
There are many who are celebrating because their brothers, political associates, friends, and religious and tribal compatriots have made the list
On the other side of the divide, there those who are angry or disappointed that their chosen or preferred candidates didn’t make the list
One thing that struck me from reading most of the comments is, I hardly read opinion about the nominees on the very important reasons that commended them to the President for the very important appointment as Ministers.
There is no doubt that the President took his time and very meticulously screened and evaluated the quality, capacity, capability and the pedigree of each and every person he nominated to constitute a member of his cabinet and President Buhari being the thorough bred patriot that he is, must have been completely satisfied with each and every nominee before bringing him forth as a Minister designate
It is therefore unfair to criticise the president on the choice of who should be in his cabinet or who in his wisdom, he has left out of the team
It must be appreciated that the ministerial slots are limited and it is not every person who thinks he has worked for the President’s success at the polls or who for some other reasons believes that he merits to be compensated with ministerial appointment that will be appointed a Minister of the Federal Republic.
The president has made his choice and as stated earlier, he must have taken so many factors into consideration before coming out with list.
I commend the president for his foresight and forth rightness in combing through the maze and haze of thousands of eminently qualified and competent Nigerians to come out with a short list of the best among the best for the consideration and approval of the Senate
I hope that the Senate will do a good job of the screening exercise to confirm the nominees of the president and in appropriate cases and for good reasons, reject any the Senate may find unqualified to hold such important public office. That is the reason why the constitution requires the approval or confirmation of the senate before the appointment to the office of a Minister
It is my hope that all the nominees will successfully scale the screening of the senate
As for those who thought that they should have made the list but did not, they should appreciate the fact that not every body can be Minister. Therefore, they should not because of selfishness or anger turn themselves into wailers overnight. There are still other important appointments yet to be made by the president and if it’s their destiny, I am sure that the President will eventually compensate them in due course.
The bottom line is that power and positions belong to God and He gives it to any body He likes at the Time He likes and for how long He likes.
I hope with the quality of those nominated to serve as Ministers, we are on the right course to a more successful second and last tenure of the President as he moves Nigeria to next level of consolidation, progress and sustainable development of our great country

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