Balarabe attacks Buhari, challenges him on national unity

By Amako Nneji November 7, 2015 15:26

Balarabe attacks Buhari, challenges him on national unity

Former Kaduna Governor, Balarabe Musa has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over recent comments claiming some Ministers may not be assigned portfolios owing to the dwindling economy orchestrated by falling global oil prices.

Balarabe speaking to journalists opined on how such thoughts could lead to national chaos as certain states possessing Ministers without portfolios would certainly feel cheated.

Buhari told journalists in India Nigeria was “materially and morally vandalized” adding that he would reduce the numbers of Ministries in his cabinet.

“We cannot work outside constitution; there must be a cabinet representative from each state. There used to be forty two ministers but I think we can barely keep half of that now because we cannot afford it.

“Others may not be substantive ministers but they will seat in the cabinet because that is what the constitution said and we can’t operate outside the constitution.

“We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay,” Buhari had said.

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Balarabe said that it was a political mistake for the President to utter such words adding such words were bound to trigger disunity.

“The President may be making a grievous political mistake which may generate further tension in the polity. I don’t think there is any wisdom in the practice because it may further aggravate political tensions in the country.

“Some states, which would have ministers without portfolios would feel cheated, a development that may cause disunity and heighten tension in the country,” he said.

On the argument that the country would save cost if some Ministers were appointed without portfolio, Balarabe dismissed such, saying any Minister appointed either with or without portfolio would receive the same remunerations.

“I don’t believe that it is cheaper to have Ministers without portfolio because they both receive the same remunerations.

“If the country is broke and cannot afford 36 ministers as we are made to understand, then there is no need to appoint 36 of them because the country is not going to save any kobo from the practice”, he insisted.

Earlier National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu blasted Buhari for demarketing Nigeria.

“If the President says we have been materially vandalized, it is no new wisdom.

“If a lot of our money has been stolen, what is the progress in getting them back? We need the money. We don’t want a President who will lament.

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