- Buhari pleased with the emergence of the principal officer in the 9th National Assembly.
- Says he wants to work with those he knew personally.
President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that he is under tremendous pressure on the formation of his ministerial team.
The president who stated this in his address to the leadership of the National Assembly during a dinner on Thursday night in Abuja, the nation’s capital said he didn’t know most of his cabinet members during his first term.
“The last cabinet which I had, most of them, a majority of them I didn’t know.
“I had to accept their names and recommendation from the party. I worked with them for three and a half years.”
The President, therefore, explained that the delay was to nominate people he knows personally and can work with.
Buhari further said “cultivating neighbourliness’’ on an individual and national level will deepen the values of democracy and speed up the development process by saving the cost of delays and repairs.
He further said an effective working relationship with the legislative arm of government will easily translate into more gains for Nigerians, noting that “it pays to maintain neighbourliness’’.
Buhari who expressed satisfaction with the voting pattern of principal leaders of the National Assembly, which he said showed a lot of maturity and patriotism.
According to him, it also signalled to all Nigerians that love for the nation supersedes party affiliations.
“I was very pleased that people expressed their desires at the National Assembly across party lines. Neighbourliness is very important.
“It makes sense to cultivate neighbourliness on individual and national level. If you cultivate good relationship with your neighbour, you will save a lot emotionally and materially,’’ he said.