– Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which the president belongs, are aware of this and are advising him Another chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has joined those calling for the sack of some ministers in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. Baba-Ahmed asked the president to drop those in his government who have not performed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baba-Ahmed spoke in an interview in Kaduna on Sunday, November 20 urging the president to quickly push policies that would reduce the current high level of poverty in the country through.
The report quoted him as saying: “If you go by the opinion of a lot of Nigerians, some of the ministers are just filling up space. “There is a case to be made for the argument that the president should critically assess his ministers and remove those that he believes have not performed as well as they should.
“Replace them with people who will bring greater energy, greater vibe and greater imagination in managing scarcity and high expectations in the context in which we live.”
The APC chieftain noted that the level of poverty in Nigeria requires an urgent solution, adding: “What the government can do is what I think it is doing, trying to come up with policies that in the short time, can alleviate the crushing poverty.
“There are a lot of people who feed only once a day, there is a lot of hunger, frustration and bitterness.
“If we have N500 billion in the presidency now waiting to be disbursed, one would like to see an imaginative and productive use of that money, so that it reaches people that need it to feed, pay school fees, pay medical bills, rent and to go to places where they can earn a living.
“Government must mobilise resources directly and make sure that it gets to the people.
“In the longer term, we need bold and imaginative policies that should reposition and restructure the economy, to reduce dependence on oil.” Asked to speak on the performance of President Buhari, he said: “One year is long enough to assess people and too short to actually pass judgment. “I will say yes, he has done well in the area of fighting security, he has done well in terms of signalling his intention to fight corruption, and has many challenges in managing economic recession.”