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Buhari ‘Ministers are just noisemakers like politicians,’ President says

Buhari said further that the real work of administration is done by technocrats and not the ministers.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has downplayed the importance of ministers in the country by saying that they are noisemakers just like politicians.

President Muhammadu Buhari on France 24 play

President Muhammadu Buhari on France 24

(France 24)

 

Buhari said further that the real work of administration is done by technocrats and not the ministers.

The president made the comment on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, during an interview on French television station, France 24.

“No. It is what we know –and which we learnt from the western system. The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are those that do most of the work,” Buhari said when he was asked if the lack of a cabinet was affecting his government.

“The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of noise; for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the technocrats. They are there; they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide us, [those of us] who are just coming in.

They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it,” he added.

Buhari also said that he would abide by his promise to appoint ministers before the end of September.

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