Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reshuffle his cabinet, saying there are many square pegs in round holes in the administration.
The controversial lawmaker stressed that there were lots of nepotism in Buhari’s appointments.
”You cannot give carpentry work to a tailor and you expect him to perform. We need to rejig the economy managers of this nation because you cannot give what you don’t have,” he said.
”Cabinet reshuffle has to do with the ministers. We have strategic positions in this country that is manned by wrong people; a coach is as good as members of his team.
”The President cannot be minister of petroleum, Minister of Internal Affairs but if he has good aides, the economy will move because these people will be working within their terrain.
”If a tailoring work is given to a carpenter, the output will be a beautiful nonsense.
”The president must rejig his appointments. The president should forget about politics and bring out people with vigour, better hands that will get the job done. Such people should be involved in the process irrespective of the party they belong or their tribes.”
Senator Melaye stressed that the suspended Secretary General of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal misbehaved because he had never worked in any public service.
”The SGF of a country is the manager of the entire process of governance. A man that is not imbibed and indoctrinated in the act of civil administration or the rudiments of public administration, definitely he will misbehave.
”His appointment is synonymous to [sic] someone wearing an oversized shoe and this is applicable to other appointments in this government, there are a lot of nepotism in appointment in this government.
”Like I told you earlier, it’s not all about party. Even the president is not an APC president but the president of the federal republic of Nigeria including the witches and wizards of this country. He is the president of everybody. Development process is national and no one should be partisan about it,” he told Vanguard.