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President of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, and President Muhammadu Buhari
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Senators Fume As Buhari Delays Submission Of Ministerial List  

Senate may proceed on recess without Buhari’s ministerial list.  

Margaret Solace

Some senators have bemoaned the administrative style of President Muhammadu Buhari, following his delay in submitting the ministerial list to the National Assembly.

In spite of this delay, members of the Senate will begin their eight-week annual recess. President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to submit the list of his ministerial nominees for their consideration and approval will not prevent the Senate from going on recess.

Reports reaching Happenings suggest that there are indications that the senators will proceed on their recess on July 26.

President Buhari, who was inaugurated on May 29, 2019, for a second term in office, is yet to send the list of his ‘Next Level’ cabinet to the National Assembly despite the fact that the date of the Senate’s annual recess is drawing nearer.

Apparently displeased with the development, a senator from the South-East told newsmen, “What I know is that we will ensure proper screening of all the nominees and we won’t allow anybody to rush us. The best time to attend to the list is now, not when we would have a few days left to proceed on recess.”

Similarly, a female senator advised President Buhari to send the list before their annual recess.

“The President was re-elected. Nobody expects that Nigerians would wait for four months before he would unveil his proposed cabinet members,” she said.

“The best thing is for the President to send the list this week because the legislature has its own calendar.”

Speaking on the development, Senator Adebayo Adeyeye, spokesperson of the Senate, told ‘The Punch’ that lawmakers would consider the list whenever Buhari decides to send it.

Senator Adeyeye also hinted that the Senate might break its recess to consider the list if it was submitted during the vacation.

“It is the prerogative of the President to choose the time he will submit the list of ministers and it is the duty of the Senate to screen and approve the nominees to appointed,” Adeyeye stated.

“If the President submits the list before we proceed on recess later this month, we will give it necessary consideration.

“If on the other hand, he submits it when we are already on recess, it is not unusual to recall senators from the break in the overriding national interest.

“We could break the recess to consider the list whenever it is sent. Whatever it is, we are ready.”