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‘Ministers are noise makers’

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that civil ser­vants and technocrats in Ni­geria are more involved in running government than ministers.

President Buhari made the re­mark in an interview with French television station in France yesterday, said the min­isters are only there to “make a lot of noises.”

He defended his delay in appointing new ministers, insisting that the civil ser­vice provides the continuity.

His words: “The civil ser­vice provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are the people who do most of the work. The min­isters are there, I think, to make a lot of noise, for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the tech­nocrats. They are there, they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide (those of us) who are just coming in.

“They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it.”

When asked if the absence of a finance minister was affecting the Nigerian capital market and the economy, Buhari said: “It is what we know – and which we learnt from the western system. The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat.”

Buhari however ascertain that he intends to stick with the de­cision to name his cabinet be­fore the end of the month.

“I said we will have one by the end of the month, and time flies. The end of the month is coming too quickly for my lik­ing. Yea, I will stick to it. I will send the names to the National Assembly.”

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