President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed in an article published in the Washington Post on Monday that he will not appoint ministers until September.
In the article, Buhari also expressed strong commitment to tackling corruption and institutionalizing good governance in Nigeria.
“When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office,” President Buhari said.
He attempted to justify his position by saying, “It is worth noting 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.
“In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.
“I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.”