A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has said President Muhammadu Buhari used his ministerial nominees to fulfill a quid pro quo arrangement between the president and top financiers of his party.
In an interview with the national daily, Daily Independent, the top legal expert said the president also erred when he failed to appoint enough women to fulfill the 35% affirmative action system.
Agbakoba explained that, “Going by the screening, let me say that I was impressed with Fayemi, Kemi Adeosun, Fashola, Ngige, Malami but the overall performance was above average. But that is not the problem. The problem is the work. If they can do what they said during the screening, that will be fine”.
“I was a bit disappointed that the list took a long time and I was also a bit disappointed when the first list came, but with the second list, I can say the second list is made up of instrumental people.
“The first is made up of political people that he needs to pay off. These are people who helped the president to get to where he is. On the whole, it is a rounded balanced scale even though I feel there are few women given the 35 percent quota that has been reserved for women. So that is a minus but in terms of technical qualifications, that is a major plus.
“In terms of political experience of people like Audu Ogbeh, it is a major plus. So on the whole, let us see what they can do because at the end of the day, it is not who you appoint or how they talk, let us hope they can walk the talk”, he said.