As Buhari Collates Men And Women With Clean Hands

President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerians and political watchers across the globe had rested their anxiety over
the unveiling of President Muhammadu Buhari’s full cabinet few weeks after he
was sworn-in when he later opened up in July while in the United States of America
as guest of President Barack Obama.

President Buhari had attributed
the delayed in the formation of his cabinet to scarcity of men and women of
integrity. He said choosing his ministers is taking too much time because a
number of knowledgeable people have been compromised. All the appropriate government
agencies, especially security operatives are having hectic time screening
batches of nominees for various political offices as the search for men and
women with ‘clean hands’ is intensified by the administration.

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Obviously there is a paradigm
shift in the polity as the change campaign which was used to ouster the Peoples
Democratic Party from the centre is steadily manifesting itself in the country
right from May 29, when Buhari declared “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.” 
Buhari had sent a signal, he who have ear let him hear. One would have expected
that all the nominees of money bag politicians and the political gladiators who
supported his aspiration to power and sponsored his campaign hugely will be
appointed yours truly but it may not be so if such nominees’ hands are unclean.
It is important to commend the President on the criteria he used to select the
service chiefs, none of them if they had dreamt of attaining their present position
had thought it will be so soon since they have superior officers before now but
their good record of diligent and honesty had made it so. It was interesting
when I saw the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, doing a
press-up with platoon of soldiers when he visited them in their camp to boost
their moral as they work harder to flush out the insurgency that is ravaging
the North-East because I didn’t see or hear of such about his predecessors in
recent time, the President had just put the round peg in the round hole. And, for
the rest of us this is a lesson that no matter worth there is a reward for
everything, Buhari had skipped their superiors because they were found wanting
according to investigation.
Buhari knew that Nigerians
accepted his candidature and voted for him due to his record of integrity,
discipline, and perceived sincerity of purpose despite his opponent’s ploy to
discredit his person with all sorts of campaign, but he cannot do it alone, he
need honest and dedicated individuals to execute the ‘Project Rebuild Nigeria’.
Who are those that the President should be allowed to make his list?
He had echoed it repeatedly that
no unclean hand will work with him! They should be men and women of integrity
laden with commitment to his course and be ready to take responsibility; they
should be personalities that will match their behaviour with values and are prepared
to take correction because often time’s failure leads to success. 
Buhari’s men should be people who can initiate good ideas that will better our
lots and work with time because we can no longer wait to see, feel and enjoy
this moment of ‘Change’. Buhari and his team must be purposeful, focused
administrators who are ready to frown for Nigerians to smile.
By now, going by the President’s
assurance on September the nomination, selection, screening and collation
process should be over by now, for how long will Nigerians have to wait? He
should be cautious, he needs to weigh is options and priorities, fifth
columnist are singing songs of discrimination already, we can’t forget in a
hurry all the gimmicks, back-stabbing, betrayer of trust and sell-out that
played up during the election of principal officers during the inauguration of
the 8th National Assembly but thank God for wisdom and pragmatic crisis solution
approach that were used to douse the tension as the rest is now history. “You
will know them by their fruit” (Matt. 7: 15), says the holy bible. The game is
on, the task is set and expectation is high, in as much as the President is
trying to be sensitive to the constitution and his effort to adhere to
democratic principles being a former military ruler he also need to do more and
help his party, the All Progressives Congress to avoid a repeat of what played
out in the National Assembly.  A Yoruba adage says ‘the source of the
white pap is the black pot’, he should not be compromised by enemies of
progress to destroy the party for their selfish ulterior motives. As he continues
with his search for good men, he should note that part of the attributes of
excellence is flexibility that was I Jesus Christ told the man that called him
a good man that “… No one is good-except God alone.” Luke 18: 19.


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