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By Elder Amos Johnson

I don’t know. All I know is that they have, so far, been absent.

And given where Nigeria was when Tinubu took over, we cannot afford to have absentee ministers.
We cannot afford absentee ministers because the president cannot micromanage 32 ministries even if he is superman. He needs at least 37 self-starting, go-getting men and women.

Right now, if you count the ministers of state, we have 45. Let’s not talk about the junior ministers in the list below.

Apart from Olubunmi Ojo (Interior), who has really become the superstar self-starter here(but now on investigation of embezzlement conspiracy with Betta Edu); David Umahi (Works), who seems to know his onions, and Nyesom Wike (FCT), who is cleaning up Abuja, all the others are still…well…crawling.

They have not “hit the ground running”, to quote the president.

Okay, Wale Edun (Finance and Economy) seems to be doing things but we don’t hear from him like we did from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala under Obasanjo.

That’s it! That’s the issue! If we are not hearing from you, you are not doing anything.

We are not even hearing from the Minister of Information! I had to go look up his name again this morning – Muhammed Idris!

All their TV appearances before and during the election, Festus Keyamo (Aviation and Aerospace) and Dele Alake (Solid Minerals) have now virtually become camera shy!

Talk to us!
Keep on talking to us!
Even if you are not doing much yet, tell us what you plan to do…the difference you plan to make.
Give us hope.

  1. Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy – Bosun Tijani (What exactly are you working on now? Tell us.)
  2. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy – Wale Edun (Okay, we FEEL you. But talk to us more.)
  3. Minister of Marine and Blue Economy – Adegboyega Oyetola (What the heck have you been doing?)
  4. Minister of Power – Adedayo Adelabu (What’s up with our electricity? Or is it how we are going to be going with it?.
  5. Minister of Solid Minerals Development – Dele Alake (Where art thou?)
  6. Minister of Tourism – Lola Ade-John (Where are the best places to spend my vacation?)
  7. Minister of Transportation – Sa’idu Alkali (IToooor. Even if it is 1/4 of Rotimi Amaechi’s visibility and speeches, even if it’s 1/10th, let’s see and hear you.)
  8. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Doris Anite (Doris who?)
  9. Minister of Innovation Science and Technology – Uche Nnaji (Are you innovating or ENERVATING?)
  10. Minister of Women Affairs – Uju Kennedy (Oghenebikooo. Issokay o.)
  11. Minister of Works – David Umahi (Good job so far. But keep talking to us.)
  12. Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development – Festus Keyamo the APC Orator (Where art thou?)
  13. Minister of Youth – Abubakar Momoh (Shuooo)
  14. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation – Betta Edu (Help me understand how this is even a ministry and EFCC is currently investigating embezzlement allegations).
  15. Minister of Sports Development – John Enoh (John who?)
  16. Minister of Federal Capital Territory – Nyesom Wike (Keep up the good job. Nobody needs to tell you to talk more. If anything, you probably need some attenuation)
  17. Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy – Hannatu Musawa (What exactly are you doing?)
  18. Minister of Defence – Mohammed Badaru (You definitely need to be talking to us at least once a week. We have serious security issues.)
  19. Minister of Housing and Urban Development – Ahmed Dangiwa (Where art thou?)
  20. Minister of Budget and Economic Planning – Atiku Bagudu (Okay, we see your hand. But you need to be talking to us.)
  21. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security – Abubakar Kyari (We haven’t seen or heard anything you have done, are doing, or plan to do.)
  22. Minister of Education – Tahir Maman (What exactly are you doing to actualize the promises in APC manifesto? If you don’t have a copy, I can send one to you.)
  23. Minister of Interior – Olubunmi Ojo (Go on soun jare! Easily the most productive…most impactful minister we have had since 1999.)
  24. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar (You are there and all our embassies have been without ambassadors for about two months now. When are we getting new ambassadors? Talk to us.)
  25. Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare – Ali Pate (Hehehehe. Any minister of health who is not publicly addressing health matters at least weekly is not serious.)
  26. Minister of Police Affairs – Ibrahim Geidam (What about the police reforms, including state police that was promised in APC manifesto?)
  27. Minister of Steel Development – Shuaibu Audu (Steel or Steal? Talk to us.)
  28. Minister of Information and National Orientation – Muhammed Idris (I have nothing more to say to you.)
  29. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice – Lateef Fagbemi (Maybe you don’t need to talk. Maybe.)
  30. Minister of Labour and Employment – Simon Lalong (Abeg shift make pesin pass!) (UPDATE! Lalong resigned two weeks ago to take up his court-affirmed Senate victory.)
  31. Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Govermental Affairs – Zephaniah Jisalo (Maybe you need to be replaced with Dr. Oladoyin Odebowale who wrote the book on how to run a special duties and strategy office. Talk to us, abeg.)
  32. Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation – Joseph Utsev (Please don’t make me laugh. These are serious matters.)

You know that work basically stops around two years to the next election because they will be running around for election then. Let’s start asking them questions now.

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