Buhari President promises to appoint more ministers

Buhari reportedly said he had been working with a trimmed cabinet to avoid waste but he is ready to shift ground.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, VP Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari and APC members play

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, VP Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari and APC members

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to appoint more ministers into his cabinet soon.

The President also noted that he will also make fresh board appointments in response to his party members’ demands after meeting with the national executive council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

Buhari reportedly said he had been working with a trimmed cabinet to avoid waste but he is ready to shift ground.

"The federal executive council will be expanded to bring in more appointees at federal level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government," the president reportedly noted.

He did not speak on the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle.

“Last year I said we would re-constitute the Boards of Parastatals. I must regret the fact that we have not done so, for many reasons. Some of us in this meeting may know I had given instructions since October 2015 for this exercise to start.

“But there have been inordinate delays through several committees in an attempt to get the balance right and to make sure all parts of the country are equitably represented. On the other hand, I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced.

“By the grace of God, these appointments will be announced soon, especially now that the economy is improving; we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.

“By the same token the compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government.”

President Buhari used the opportunity to thank the APC leadership and party members for their prayers and good wishes and keeping the government running while he was on medical leave.

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