A former member of the House of Representatives Usman Bugaje believes President Bola Tinubu’s appointments so far show he (Tinubu) is not in charge.
The Nigerian leader had appointed Imam Kashim as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Following the controversy that greeted the move with many claiming Imam was inexperienced, Tinubu withdrew the appointment. The same fate befell Maryam Shetty, a ministerial nominee just as she was about to be screened by the Senate.
Aside from that, critics faulted the appointment of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ola Olukoyede, arguing he is not qualified for the post.
All of these, according to Bugaje, are “evidence” that President Tinubu is not in charge of his government.
“I can tell you one thing. Clearly, what we have seen is evidence of the fact that the President is not in charge. Someone else is in charge. Now, it is for him to figure out if he wants to really be in charge,” he said on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“How can a name get to the point of getting to the National Assembly for clearing – that is the final stage – and then you do not even know? Anyone who would have been involved in these should leave.”
He berated the Tinubu government for doing “things the way you want” irrespective of what Nigerians and the law say.
“This government does not have any sense of shame. I am afraid to say so. You would feel ashamed to get certain things done,” the elder statesman said on the show.
“And then clearly, there is an element of contempt for citizens. You just do things the way you want and how you want irrespective of the rules and regulations.”