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Replace nonperforming ministers, APC chieftain tells Buhari

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to replace nonperforming members of his cabinet.

Baba-Ahmed who gave the advise on Sunday also called on Buhari to tackle poverty and hunger in the country.

He said, “If you go by the opinion of a lot of Nigerians, some of the ministers are just filling up space.

“There is a case to be made for the argument that the president should critically assess his ministers and remove those that he believes have not performed as well as they should.

“Replace them with people who will bring greater energy, greater vibe and greater imagination in managing scarcity and high expectations in the context in which we live.”

He added, “What the government can do is what I think it is doing, trying to come up with policies that in the short time, can alleviate the crushing poverty.

“There are a lot of people who feed only once a day, there is a lot of hunger, frustration and bitterness.

“If we have N500bn in the presidency now waiting to be disbursed, one would like to see an imaginative and productive use of that money, so that it reaches people that need it to feed, pay school fees, pay medical bills, rent and to go to places where they can earn a living.

“Government must mobilise resources directly and make sure that it gets to the people.

“In the longer term, we need bold and imaginative policies that should reposition and restructure the economy, to reduce dependence on oil.”

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