Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has assured the world that he would name his cabinet this month.
In a release made available by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari, who was on a one day visit to Ghana on Monday, gave the reassurance in Aburi, that his cabinet would be ready before the end of September.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Buhari, whose administration marked its first 100 days at the weekend said, “After I was sworn-in, I said I will have my cabinet in September. I expect that Nigerians should ask me questions after the 30th of September if I do not do so.”
The Nigerian leader also reporters that the Nigerian military, in close collaboration with the Multi-National Joint Task Force, has recorded remarkable progress in the fight against Boko Haram since he assumed office as President.
“The first thing I did after I came into office was to reorganize the military and clear orders were given to them in terms of retraining, re-equipping and redeployment of troops.
“In the northeast, the military is gaining ground and Boko Haram has been limited to the Sambisa forest.
“Internally Displaced Persons are gradually moving back home and they are being reintegrated into their respective communities,” President Buhari said.
On the declaration of assets, the President affirmed that it was a constitutional requirement that all public office holders in Nigeria should declare their assets before and after their term in office.
“I recall that in 1975 when late Murtala Mohammed became the Head of State, we were lined up – governors, ministers, members of the Supreme Military Council. Officials of Ministry of Justice were brought and every individual was made to declare his assets.
“All Heads of States and Government, governors, ministers, permanent secretaries have to declare their assets because it is a constitutional requirement.
“I have declared my assets four times. When I was governor in 1975, I declared. After being Minister of Petroleum and as a member of Supreme Military Council, I declared. When I was Head of State and now as a President, I have also declared.
Ghanaian President Mahama earlier at the meeting had revealed that both leaders had fruitful discussions on how to foster bilateral relations and improve regional security.
According to Mahama, Nigeria and Ghana will soon begin the process of reviving their joint commission for cooperation, agreeing that together with the Nigerian leader, there would be agreement to encourage closer cooperation between the intelligence and anti-graft agencies of both countries.
He also appreciated President Buhari for his visit and assured him of his country’s support and cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
By: Dayo Emmanuel