President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night admitted that he did not know the people he appointed as minister during his first term in office in 2015.
The President, who insisted on taking his time to appoint people personally known to him, stated this when he hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner at the Presidential Villa on Thursday night.
He also hinted that he was under tremendous pressure to name his ministerial nominees.
The President said: “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.
“I am very much aware about it; I am under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.
“I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.
“But, this time around I’m going to be… me.
“Me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know.”
The president has kept mute on those who are likely to make his second term cabinet despite anxiety across the country, with many saying the nation may have to wait for several months again like it happened in 2015, when President Buhari took six months to name his cabinet