There was palpable tension on Wednesday
morning, as the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, yet again, failed to
inaugurate the two newly appointed and confirmed Ministers: Stephen
Ocheni (Kogi), and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe).
The Senate, had two weeks ago, screened
and confirmed Ocheni and Hassan as Ministers, but they are yet to be
sworn-in, since President Muhamamdu Buhari left the shores of the
country, on a medical trip.
Recall, that in Nigeria, Ministers are
usually sworn-in and assigned portfolios, a week after their
confirmation by the Upper Legislative Chamber (the Senate).
However, as at the time of submitting
this report, Osinbajo is currently presiding over the weekly Federal
Executive Council, FEC, meeting, inside the Council Chambers of the Aso
Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Presidency, has maintained sealed lips on why the two new Ministers are yet to be inaugurated.
Ocheni is to replace the late former
Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, who died over a year ago;
while Hassan is to replace Mrs Amina Mohammed, who resigned as Minister
of Environment to become the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.