As the outgoing Goodluck Jonathan administration prepares to vacate office for the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari, there are three Ministers that has worked with the Jonathan administration that could make the cut when Buhari draws up a list for his own team.
1. Bolaji Abdullahi: Youthful Bolaji Abdullahi remains one of the best sports minister Nigeria has ever had. Under his watch, the country’s sports sector progressed astronomically and its development was glaring for all to see. During his tenure, Nigeria won several laurels in sports. But Abdullahi became a victim of political wrangling when he was dismissed from office following his political godfather’s (Bukola Saraki) disagreement with the presidency. Abdullahi will likely find his way back to the Buhari cabinet given his track record of excellence, unalloyed loyalty to Saraki and the fact that he is not a typical politician – a factor Buhari has openly expressed dismay for in appointing ministers.
2. Akinwunmi Adeshina: It is safe to say he is the best thing that happened to the Jonathan’s administration. His reforms in the Nigeria’s agricultural sector are to say the least revolutionary. His performance has earned him a role as a frontline contestant for the position of President of African Development Bank (AFDB). Until his appointment as Minister in 2010, he was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Despite being in the opposition, Adeshina’s nomination got the backing of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, a testament to the fact that even the opposition acknowledges his immense contribution to the Nigerian economy through his progressive aagricultural programmes. There are strong insinuations that if Adeshina doesn not get the position, he will be retained in the cabinet of Buhari.
3. Professor Barth Nnaji: A professional to the core, Nnaji’s giant strides in the power sector during his short stint as Nigeria’s power minister didn’t go unnoticed. His reign in the ministry, for the first time, witnessed a situation where the minister in charge of a ministry, actually understands the workings of the ministry based on his experience and profession. He is the founder of the first indigenous owned power generating company in Nigeria. Nnaji distabilised the cabal feeding fat from Nigeria’s power crisis. He crippled them economically and fought them with all the resources at his disposal. But at the end, he paid the price for daring the cabal by bring roped into a controversial case and then lost his job. Nnaji who has since retraced his political step and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) was part of the Igbo delegation that visited Buhari recently and he has been mentioned severally by analysts that his CV will impress the President-elect when he chooses to pick professionals from the South-East. The 58-year old is a scientist, innovator and one of the inventors of the E-Design concept.
Meanwhile, the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will be holding a secret meeting with petrol marketers on how to resolve the lingering fuel scarcity causing Nigerians untold hardship.