President Muhammadu Buhari is to release his list of ministers soon, the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Thursday.
Mr. Mohammed dropped the hint during his 9th Ramadan Lecture in Oro, Kwara State.
The APC spokesman, who commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance, however, admitted that the Buhari administration would have fared better if there were ministers in place.
The president has come under fire, especially from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for failing to name his cabinet over a month after he assumed office.
Mr. Mohammed attributed the delay largely on the transfer of power from one party to another.
According to him, when transition in government took place within the Peoples Democratic Party, the cabinet was formed two weeks after inauguration.
“The concern of Nigerians over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments is genuine. But the fact is that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the opposition party will take over government from the ruling party”, he pointed out.
“Our plan was to interface and interact with the outgoing government, but it didn’t just work out so the party set up transition committee which later presented 800 pages of handover documents to Mr. President.
“So, in this kind of situation we found ourselves, we have to be thorough in making appointments because Nigerians’ expectations are very high and it’s understandable”, he said.
Mr. Mohammaed said the ministerial cabinet list would soon be made available and that the issue would be a thing of the past.
Stating that the APC government might be slow, he, however, said, “In reality, when we make the right appointments, we will make up for all the shortcomings Nigerians have been complaining about”.
The APC spokesman also condemned the opposition PDP for criticising Mr. Buhari’s performance saying, “the PDP is just reveling in its new found role of opposition, they are entertaining themselves and Nigerians”.