President Muhammadu Buhari apparently believes that civil servants and technocrats are more effective than appointed ministers.
The President earlier on Wednesday, labelled ministers as noisemakers, during an interview on French television station, France 24.
He was asked during the sit-down, if he believed that the lack of ministers was hurting the Nigerian economy and he responded saying there was continuity in the civil service.
“No. It is what we know –and which we learnt from the western system. The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are those that do most of the work.”
“The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of noise; for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the technocrats. They are there; they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide us, [those of us] who are just coming in.
“They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it.
“As for the cabinet, I said we will have one by the end of the month, and time flies. The end of the month is coming too quickly for my liking.
“Yeah, I will stick to it. I will send the names to the national assembly.”
Shortly after the interview, the immediate past Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, defended herself on Twitter.
Omobola Johnson, acknowledged the fact that the civil service needs to be fixed, but however, said it was unfair for President Buhari, to out-rightly generalise.
@Omojuwa Pres. Buhari is being unfair to Ministers who work hard & don’t make noise.The civil service is broken and it needs to be fixed.
— Omobola Johnson (@OmobolaJohnson) September 16, 2015