Concise News learned that President Buhari admits that he was under pressure to nominate members of his cabinet, he told the presiding and principal officers of the nation’s federal legislative arm of government.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has, however, denied that he said that the president promised to send the ministerial list to the Red Chamber this week.
According to a source at the dinner hosted by the President for the leadership of the National Assembly mid-wife by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang at the Presidential Villa, the President at the dinner requested that he should be given some time for him to come up with the ministerial nominees.
The Source, who sought anonymity said, “Mr President said we should give him more time for him to compile the list of ministerial nominees.”
The President was said to have disclosed that most of the last administration ministers he appointed were not known to him, adding that this time around, he wanted to appoint those he knows, have confidence in and that have the capacity to deliver.
It was learnt that Buhari during the closed-door dinner said he was under tremendous pressure to release the ministerial list.
President Buhari said: “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.
“I’m very much aware of it; I’m under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.
“I worked with them for three and a half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.
“But, this time around I’m going to be quite me, me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know.”