Assessing Tinubu’s Ministerial Appointments: Praises and Criticisms Abound

“Varied Responses Emerge After President Bola Tinubu’s Ministerial Appointments was Unveiled on Wednesday

President Bola Tinubu’s recent unveiling of federal ministerial appointments has ignited a range of reactions, capturing the attention of diverse groups and individuals across Nigeria. Among them, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) stands out by commending the designation of former Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

HURIWA extends its gratitude to Tinubu for demonstrating resilience against what it terms as ‘political propaganda’ propagated by reactionary elements. These elements had vigorously advocated for the appointment of indigenes of Abuja as the FCT Minister. HURIWA hails the President’s decision for upholding the spirit of national unity in Abuja, maintaining its status as a city free from ethnic or religious biases.

Meanwhile, the preeminent Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, congratulates former Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, on his appointment as the Minister of Works.

Ohanaeze expresses confidence in Umahi’s ability to replicate the transformation he brought to Ebonyi State, addressing infrastructural gaps on a national scale. In a statement by its Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze states, “We delight in Umahi’s selection as Minister of Works under the guidance of President Bola Tinubu. With Umahi’s proven capacity and integrity, we are assured that his extensive experience will be instrumental in the revitalization of Nigeria’s infrastructure.”

In another accolade, Oba (Dr.) Sulaimon Adeshina Raji, Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Administrators, congratulates Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola on his appointment as Minister of Transportation.

Raji’s message reflects the sentiments of the community, acknowledging Oyetola’s unwavering dedication to public service and anticipating a positive impact in Lagos State and Nigeria’s transportation sector. Raji asserts, “We anticipate that your leadership and vision will undoubtedly usher in meaningful changes.”

Notably, President Tinubu’s creation of the Ministry for Marine and Blue Economy garners appreciation from former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba. Agbakoba praises this strategic move, foreseeing immense economic prospects for the nation.

However, civil rights activist, Shehu Sani, raises concern over the appointment of Mohammed Badaru, a non-military expert, as Minister of Defence.

Sani voices his reservations in a tweet, emphasizing that given the nation’s current security challenges, the position of Defence Minister should ideally be occupied by a retired military officer, someone with proven experience and accomplishments in the field. Sani insists that the role should transcend politics, particularly in these pressing times.”

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