By Godson Ikiebey-
The Nigeria Senate has given President Muhammadu Buhari till Friday, July 26, 2019 to submit the list of ministerial nominees for screening.
This is as the National Assembly will proceed on its two months annual recess on July 26, 2019 and resume on September 26, 2019.
President Buhari, who won reelection in February, 2019 and was sworn in on May 29, 2019 has continued to delay the submission of the ministerial list, arguing that he will need to take his time to appoint the people he knows.
In a Saturday, July 20, 2019 interview with the Punch newspaper, the chairman Senate ad hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye said that the senate would proceed on its annual two-month recess this week if the Senate did not get the ministerial list by Friday. He said:
“If the list does not come before Friday, the Senate will proceed on its annual recess. We are not giving the president any ultimatum. The schedule of the Senate will go ahead if the Senate does not receive the list. The list is the only thing that can hold us back”.
Adeyeye said the President was at liberty to send the list whenever he pleased and that the Senate also had a duty to consider it in the overriding national interest.