President Muhammadu Buhari in an interview revealed that not all the ministerial nominees that have been screened and confirmed will have portfolios, adding that, he will reduce the number of ministries.
Buhari in an interview with Channels TV and Nigerian Television Authority in New Delhi in India said that he is working with a team of people introduced to him by others that he trust and must work with them.
Reacting to question on the the divide in the National Assembly over Rotimi Amaechi’s confirmation as minister, Buhari said he did not walk into the presidency alone, hence he can not work alone and that some of those having problems at the National Assembly he has never met them.
‘This is team work I said I know people but there are people that I accept from other people in our team that I trust without even knowing them.
‘May be those that are having problem in the National Assembly I doubt if I have met them in my life but then, I am working with others.
‘I did not work into the presidency alone. I have to defend on all the three tiers of government from all part of the country.
Backing the 36 Minister nominees Buhari said that he can not work out outside the constitution and that ministers must be appointed in conformity with the constitution of the Federal Government in that ministerial appointment must reflect the 36 states of the country.
He added that these minister nominees though representing their sates some will not all have portfolios but will be part of his cabinet.
‘We can not work outside constitution there must be a cabinet representative from each state. There used to be forty-two ministers but I think we can bearly keep half of that now because we cannot afford it.
‘Others may not be substantive ministers but they will seat in the cabinet because that is what the constitution says and we can’t operate outside the constitution
‘We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay.
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