Progressing Timelines, Reflecting on Contributions, Expectations Rise
As President Bola Tinubu’s administration enters its fortieth day, concerns are emerging regarding the delay in forming the federal cabinet. Nigerians are anxious to maintain the initial momentum to achieve the President’s objectives, fearing a repetition of his predecessor’s poor performance attributed, in part, to a delayed ministerial appointment.
By law, Tinubu has 60 days from his inauguration on May 29 to announce his cabinet and seek Senate confirmation. While the President has yet to reveal his ministerial picks, he has appointed Special Advisers and new Service Chiefs. This has left many Nigerians questioning the reasons behind the delay, given the country’s ongoing challenges.
In response to these concerns, the Presidency assured Nigerians last week that Tinubu would form his cabinet at the appropriate time. Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Mr. Dele Alake, emphasized that as an executive presidency, the President has the authority to decide when it is suitable to release the cabinet list.
While the public urges Tinubu to consider qualities such as character, competence, and experience when selecting his cabinet, there is a growing competition among those vying for ministerial positions, creating waves across the states.
Notably, in Ondo State, there are calls for Tinubu to acknowledge Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s significant contributions to his presidential victory. Supporters emphasize Akeredolu’s unwavering support during the 2023 campaign, his leadership during the Amotekun saga, and his dedication to defending the South-West region. They argue that Akeredolu’s influence and the efforts of his team should be recognized through adequate representation in Tinubu’s cabinet. Chief Alex Ajipe, Director of Humanitarian and Social Directorate of the APC, South-West, is specifically mentioned as a candidate due to his crucial role in the campaign and his expertise in revenue generation and policy formulation.
On the other hand, they caution against appointing Mr. Dare Araigbaiye, a key member of the Akeredolu administration, as it could be a disservice to the state, given his expertise and value in the ongoing development of Ondo State.
The expectations surrounding the ministerial list remain high as Nigerians anticipate a cohesive and effective administration that reflects recognition, fairness, and merit.