Buhari Describes Ministers as Noisemakers


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President Muhammadu Buhari has described ministers as noisemakers because civil servants and technocrats are the ones who truly provide continuity in governance.

Buhari said this during an interview with a television station in France yesterday.

He said “The civil ser­vice provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are the people who do most of the work. The min­isters are there, I think, to make a lot of noise, for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the tech­nocrats.

“They are there, they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide (those of us) who are just coming in.

“They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it.

“It is what we know – and which we learnt from the western system. The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat.”

He added that he will send the list of ministerial appointees to the National Assembly by the end of the month.

He said “I said we will have one by the end of the month, and time flies. The end of the month is coming too quickly for my lik­ing. Yea, I will stick to it. I will send the names to the National Assembly.”

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