President Muhammadu Buhari, has been accused of not hitting the ground running as he promised, owing to his delay in choosing people who will make up his cabinet. However, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, has revealed to Sahara TV, that the immediate past administration’s uncooperative attitude during the transition period and its lateness in turning in its handover notes, is responsible for why Buhari, is yet to choose his ministers and other key appointments.
In the interview held on Saturday, June 13, Shehu said: “The President did say he would hit the ground running, but he has not been given the chance to hit the ground running because the administration that he succeeded — the Jonathan administration — did not deliver the handover notes until two or three days to the inauguration, meaning that these handover notes were submitted at a time when everyone had been consumed by (inauguration) activities.”
“Unfortunately, there was no time to look at them until after the President had been inaugurated. The President was left in the dark. He had to understand what the situation was and what was on the ground.” “That was why he set up a different transition committee. It was only this week that the committee, led by Dr. Ahmed Joga, scrutinised the handover notes and handed over the report to him (Buhari).”
“To be fair to him, he would have hit the ground running if the previous government had handed over the notes early. However, the Jonathan government did not even permit any minister to interact in any way with the Buhari Transition Committee. Evidently, we had our hands tied behind our backs until we took over. Thus, there is nothing shady about it. Source; pointblanknews.com