President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed doubts about the loyalty of some key members of his administration.
However, the President did not name these officials.
The President spoke to Al-Jazeera during his recent visit to Doha, Qatar, an interview that was aired on Saturday.
When asked to be specific on his submission, which suggested that there were saboteurs in his government, Buhari replied, “Certainly!”
He said it would be wrong to assume that government officials, especially those who his government inherited from the Peoples Democratic Party will be 100 per cent loyal to his government.
The President said, “People who want to be fair to us to sit and reflect; from the President to the ministers to the permanent secretaries, they were all taken over after eight successive governments of those who are now in the opposition. So, we cannot assume that all of them are 100 per cent loyal to this government.”
He said his government had put machinery in place to reduce the cost of governance.
He cited the drastic reduction in the number of ministries as one of the ways his administration had reduced the cost of governance.
“I will like people to assess Nigeria, especially this government, on where we found ourselves. When we came in, we found out that there were 42 ministries and we found out that the economy could not take 42, so we reduced it to 24. We also removed 21 permanent secretaries,” he said.