President Muhammadu Buhari Monday suggests he is taking a cue on the delay in forming a cabinet from United States President Barack Obama, whose guest he presently is. In an article published by the Washington Post, Buhari says it is critical fresh rules of conduct and good governance precede the composition of a cabinet. The article, titled“Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror” also hinted that the cabinet would not be formed until September. On popular concern over the delay, Buhari noted that “Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim”.
The president equally hinted that his “plans for critical reforms” and the fight against insurgency will form discussions with the American president he is currently meeting.
Summing his vision for the office, Buhari stated that he will “first, instill rules and good governance. Second, install officials who are experienced and capable of managing state agencies and ministries. And third, seek to recover funds stolen under previous regimes so that this money can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all of our citizens.
“We seek the support and partnership of the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and largest populace, cannot be underestimated.
“Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to US businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its people, not just a few