President Muhammadu Buhari will compile ministerial list for his second term during vacation abroad, multiple Presidential Villa sources told Daily Trust on Sunday.
The president is set to proceed on his annual vacation abroad in a few days time. A letter to this effect would soon be transmitted to both chambers of the National Assembly, one of the sources told our reporter.
He said in the president’s absence, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will act in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The source said the President would use the opportunity of his vacation to compile the list.
“It is expected that the President will compile the list during his vacation abroad. He doesn’t want anybody to interfere with it,” he said.
Previously, the president had spent his vacations in London. His last holiday was in August 2018.
Since his declaration as the winner of the February 23 presidential election, politicians, traditional rulers and other interest groups have been visiting him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to congratulate the president over the victory.
He will be sworn in for a second term of four years on Wednesday, May 29.
It is expected that the President would dissolve the present cabinet, before his inauguration for second term. At the moment, there are 31 ministers, against the 36 that were appointed in December 2015 when the federal cabinet was constituted.
Another source disclosed that the President’s vacation this year may last longer than the usual 10 working days he spent in the past, as he was expected to use the opportunity to attend to “private matters.”
Buhari took six months before appointing his first cabinet after taking power in 2015, an action that was blamed for slow pace of governance in the early days of the administration.
But one of the Presidency sources said there would not be delay in constituting a cabinet this time around. “Our expectations are that immediately after the inauguration of the National Assembly, the ministerial list would be transmitted for screening and confirmation,” he said.