President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure to release his ministerial list before the National Assembly go on recess.
The President has said that despite the pressure coming from the National Assembly, he will pick people he knows personally and trust as his cabinet members.
President Buhari said that his previous cabinet members were recommended to him by the party and he does not know them personally.
He maintained he will not appoint any unknown person but will select people with track records, honesty and credibility to constitute the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Buhari said this during a eeting with the leadership of the National Assembly at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday night.
The meeting was also attended by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other presidential aides.
He enjoined the lawmakers to partner with the executive arm in leaving good legacies in the last four years of his administration.
He also advised them to stop comparing the country’s parliamentary system with that of the United States and United Kingdom which is operating in an advanced level.
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’m very much aware of it; I’m 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 a 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 quiet me – me in the sense that I will pick people I personally know.’’
During the meeting, the Senate President Ahmad Lawan said he was misquoted by the media, noting that he did not say the president will release the ministerial list to the senate this week.
He said: “Let me take the opportunity to correct that. A senator raised a point of order under personal explanation.
“He said we should be sent the list of the ministers by the executive arm of government and in my response I said the executive is working so hard to ensure that the list of Nigerians that will help this administration work is going to be transmitted and we could even receive it this week.
“We could’ is conditional and I will urge everybody here to report it as it is.”