‘Merit, Not Political Patronage Should Be A Criterion For Ministerial Appointment’, Students Tell Buhari

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Mohammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president-elect. Photo: File
Mohammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect. Photo: File

The National Association of Nigerian Students NANS, a body which oversees the affairs of Students in the higher institutions of learning on Wednesday urged Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to base his ministerial appointments on merit.

According to a statement issued by NANS and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the association implored that national interest should be placed ahead of party sentiments and considerations.

It said that Buhari should go for technocrats with track records who could collectively bring Nigeria out of its present predicament.

NANS has observed with reservations the intense jostling and lobbying for ministerial and other appointments and deemed it wise to offer a word of advice to the President-elect.

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In as much as we recognise that the President-elect came onboard on the platform of a political party, politics should not be allowed to take pre-eminence over national interest.”

NANS, therefore, urge the President-elect to ensure that the ministerial appointments are based on merit—persons with proven record of probity, technocrats, and persons with sound leadership skills are what we look forward to,’’ the statement said.

It stated that Buhari could only succeed in turning Nigeria around if his team was well-selected and well-meaning.

The statement pointed out that Nigerian students are expectant that the President-elect would deliver on his campaign promises and focus on developing the crumbling education system.

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