Adesina noted in an interview with Channels television on Sunday, November 13 that since it is the President that chose the team, he is in the best to assess them and re-jig his cabinet if and when necessary.
He noted that moreover, the current state of Nigeria’s economy makes it hard for anybody to quickly assess the contributions of ministers.
“It is a subjective thing, you can’t talk of competence when you have turbulence, it is like you are in an airplane and there is serious turbulence and then you begin to say it is the pilot that is not efficient. You are not considering maybe the weather, the atmosphere is what is playing up, and the pilot needed to keep his head so that he would steer the aircraft through that turbulence, so it is a similarity that we have with the economy. Nigeria is going through troubled times and we need clear headed people who would steer us through that time.
“Let me refer you to the Good Book. It says, “who are you to judge another man’s servant? It is before his master that he either rises or falls.” The President assembled that cabinet, he has timelines and deliverables for them. So he is the one who can judge and assess them. If he is going to re-jig that cabinet, it is going to be his decision, his prerogative.”
Adesina also hinted that there might be a clash between the presidency and the national assembly over the president’s $29.96billion loan request.
He said: “At any given time, there are undercurrents and unless you know what those undercurrents are, you may not have a complete picture of what is happening. It is the undercurrent that you need to understand. We may not be able to talk about those undercurrents now.” He however denied any it when Channel’s Seun Okon-Baloye put the question to him directly.
“I did not talk about any clash, but when you say politics, yes I meant politics. But what should be at play now is national interest, the interest of the Nigerian economy rather than politics. I just think politics is coming too much into play rather than the interest of the country, the economy and the interest of the ordinary people,” Adesina replied.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki reportedly met again on Friday, November 11 at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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