President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he retained cabinet ministers in the last three and half years despite pressure from some quarters due to their unique skill, strength and leadership qualities.
Concise News learned that the Nigerian leader made this known on Wednesday during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said that the ministers exhibited spirit of team work.
He described the cabinet members as “a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve.’’
He said, “You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges.
“We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.
“Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.
“Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
“It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength.
“We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve – A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered.’’
Buhari, who thanked the ministers for agreeing to serve the nation, urged them to be happy for contributing their quota in various ways to the development of Africa’s most populous nation.