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Buhari gives hint about shape of cabinet



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President Muhammadu Buhari has given a hint about the shape of his cabinet, saying “the task ahead requires a formidable team”.

The President, who spoke when members of the Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, led by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, failed to reveal those who will be part of the formidable team.

Buhari also informed his guests that he was determined to take Nigeria from the “old order” of doing things, in spite of the opposition he faced from those he said did not want the county to embrace change.

Buhari said: “Our government continues to grow in strength and will place a firm foundation for future generations. While there will be those who are determined to drag us back to the bad old days, your visit is timely. It is exactly a month ago that I was sworn in for a second term in office. The task ahead for the four years will require a formidable team.”

Praising the BMO for doing an impressive job during his re-election campaign, the President said the group remained a key asset.

“Your efforts have been commendable. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices during the first part of our journey.

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“We have just come off a rigorous campaign during which I visited all the 36 states of the federation campaigning, seeking the votes of Nigerians and telling them what we have done in the last four years.

“I campaigned on three simple premises not different from those of 2015; to tackle insecurity, promote economic diversification and to fight corruption. Fulfilling these three promises is fundamental to taking Nigeria to the next level.

“I assure you that I am resolute on fulfilling these promises and will leave Nigeria a far better place than when we came.

“It is not an easy job to sell the administration’s services; we are doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on vested interests who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way; if we promised change then we must deliver it. This is regardless of whose interest is touched. There must be a manifest departure from the old order”, Buhari said.

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