The Presidency has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for causing the delay in the formation of President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s
Buhari was inaugurated on May 29, 2015 but formed his cabinet on November 11 of the same year.
Speaking on Channels Television ’ s Sunrise Daily on Monday , the Senior Special Assistant to
the President on Media and Publicity , Mallam Garba Shehu , said Jonathan did not give
Buhari handover notes until 48 hours before his departure .
He said, “ That President Buhari took 166 days to form a cabinet is absolutely untrue . It took
him time to form a cabinet because the outgoing administration in 2015 did not cooperate
with the transition committee .
“ The President was given handover notes 48 hours to the handover of power and for
whatever reason , the President at that time determined that two governments would not
operate at the same time. ”
However, a Spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation , Mr. Phrank
Shuaibu , said Buhari had a penchant for blaming others but himself .
Shuaibu said it was laughable that Buhari who had contested the Presidency for 12 years could take over 160 days to set up a cabinet .
He added, “ Saying Mr President had to wait for handover notes from his predecessor before forming a cabinet is an admittance of lack of
preparedness for the office of the President and the onerous responsibility of managing a country like Nigeria.
“ For an office you sought election for four times, obviously you should be able to identify eggheads that can help you manage the country . He
didn’ t need to wait for handover notes before being able to form a cabinet . He had no working plan. He was practically what El -Rufai would refer
to as an accidental public servant or an accidental President. ”