Civil Society Organizations and Activists Demand President Tinubu’s Swift and Fair Cabinet Selection

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. In recent events, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and activists have urged President Bola Tinubu to promptly and impartially assemble his cabinet.


They emphasize the need for careful consideration of the qualifications of potential cabinet members, cautioning against using the cabinet as a consolation prize for unsuccessful political candidates.

Prominent Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Advocates for Immediate Action:

Renowned constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, argues for swift action in forming the cabinet.

He suggests that the President should have hit the ground running, drawing comparisons with the American system and highlighting the importance of making a positive impact.

Ozekhome emphasizes the severity of current national issues, such as hunger, disease, and social tension, and emphasizes the need for capable technocrats to address these concerns.

Olisa Agbakoba Stresses the Balance Between Competence and Political Considerations:

Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olisa Agbakoba, believes that while swift action is necessary, it is equally important to address political variables in the cabinet selection process.

He asserts that the President is still within an acceptable timeframe and must balance expertise with political realities.


Hannibal Uwaifo Urges Against Delay and Skill-Matched Appointments:

Echoing Ozekhome’s sense of urgency, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Hannibal Uwaifo urges President Tinubu to avoid the delayed approach of his predecessor, President Buhari.

Uwaifo highlights the country’s precarious state and insists on the need for early action to rectify past failures.

He also recommends avoiding religious and ethnic favoritism in appointments to prevent further national polarization.

Monday Ubani Highlights Legal Allowance and Focus on Public Needs:

Former Vice-President of the NBA, Monday Ubani, points out that the President is acting within the law, which allows two months for cabinet formation.

He emphasizes the importance of appointing individuals capable of meeting the needs of Nigerians within this timeframe.

Ugochimereze Chinedu Asuzu Praises President’s Initial Appointments:

The Convener of Ikoro Ndigbo, Ugochimereze Chinedu Asuzu, commends President Tinubu for his early efforts in selecting his team, particularly highlighting his appointment of key advisers.

Declan Ihekaire Demands Good Governance, Transparency, and Resists Failed Candidates:

The National Coordinator of Activist for Good Governance, Declan Ihekaire, insists on the need for good governance, public welfare, and transparency from cabinet members.

He expresses his resistance to appointing failed governorship candidates as ministers and questions the effectiveness of political patronage.



Ihekaire concludes by emphasizing the complexity of selecting competent individuals nationwide and the significance of setting aside party politics in the cabinet selection process.

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