Thursday, 10 September 2015

DSS commences security screening of ministerial nominees

The Department of State Services has commenced the screening of ministerial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was gathered that no fewer than 20 nominees had been vetted by the DSS operatives since the exercise started as reported by Punch.
The President was said to have sent to the agency a total of 36 names of would be ministers for security checks.
The identities of the nominees were top secret as of Wednesday.
The President had indicated in a chat with journalists in Accra, Ghana, on Monday that he would keep his promise of announcing names of his ministers this month.
Investigations showed that the screening process by the DSS involved conducting background checks on the careers of the nominees and operatives were also checking for records of the nominees with anti-graft and security agencies.
It was gathered that people on the list included mainly those who worked with Buhari when he was in the military and during his stint as the chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund.
When asked if the Presidency had directed security agencies to vet ministerial nominees, the Special Adviser (Media) to the President, Femi Adesina, simply replied via a text message, “Security screening is naturally a behind-the-scenes matter, thanks.”
Top ranking members of the governing All Progressives Congress have also refrained from speaking about ministerial appointment by Buhari.
One of the APC leaders, who asked not to be named, said, “The truth is that the President is someone who believes in due process.”
“His choice of Daura (Lawal Daura), a member of the old guard, as the DG DSS should tell you something; even those contacted for screening know that any leak of information traced to them could ruin their chances,” the source added.

The President, in an interview he granted the Hausa Service of the BBC on Tuesday, had given a hint about what influenced the appointments he had so far.
He had said, “If I choose people who I know quite well in my political party, people whom we came (together) all the way right from the All Paeoples Party, Congress for Progressive Change and the APC and we have remained together through good and trying times, what then is the reward for such dedication and suffering? They did not defect because of positions; they did not involve themselves in the pursuit of personal gains.”
He said it was noteworthy that Obama did not have his full cabinet in place for several months after first taking office.
He said the US did not cease to function in the interim despite that delay.
“When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim,” he had said.



  1. PMB said on BBC Hausa service that he will appoint people that have been loyal to him over the years as ministers. What happened to merit & integrity?

    1. Na today government magic go end?