The Coalition’s Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, expressed utter disappointment over most of the names which made the list.
He held that there really is no unique change at all portrayed in the list.
“By the way, where lies the change Mr. President and the APC have been promising Nigerians all this while if appointment into his cabinet is still the same old style of ‘settling the boys’, regardless of whether or not such appointment enjoys any merit?” Adeniran queried.
“Mr. President had kept Nigerians on the edge for almost four months of waiting anxiously to welcome the super-technocrats that would steer the ship of change in our polity but what have we now seen? The same old wine in a new bottle.”
According to Adeniran, CACOL is of the opinion that Nigerians would not have been too bothered over the list as they would have simply taken it as the usual fashion typical of the average Nigerian politician but for the mere fact that the President had consistently appealed to Nigerians for understanding and patience.
Given the President’s assurance overtime, “the average right-thinker would have expected to see in the list, names of established technocrats in the roll-call of academics and professionals of repute and there is no disputing the fact that our nation has it in abundance, both within and outside these shores,” Adeniran added.
“We make bold to say that Nigerians are not difficult to govern as some narrow minds are wont to posit, rather they appreciate good and result-oriented ideas whenever any leader comes up with one.
“Apart from the example of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo whose enviable legacy had ever remained a bench-mark in the annals of governance in the South-West geo-political zone of this country, the appointment of the erstwhile chairman of INEC in person of Professor Atahiru Jega by the Jonathan’s government, enjoyed popular commendation by the of Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country.”
He said the common question on the lips of the people today has been; why the long wait; why the anxiety and hope for change, since we are not going to witness anything outside the status quo?