The actualisation of the long-speculated reshuffle of President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet is still raising some dust. In the midst of the political cyclone that recently hit the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it was understandable that decision would assume stronger political meanings than in ordinary times.
Proponents of political motive held that the president decided to send home ministers nominated by some of the so-called rebel PDP governors: Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers.
It also came when a faction of the ruling party which styles itself as the “new” PDP broke away, and the aggrieved governors and former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, were at the centre of it.
It needs to be understood that the appointment, reposting and sack of ministers of the cabinet is a constitutional preserve of the President. He can take any of these actions at any time during his tenure, and he can adduce any reason, or none for the changes, for doing so without being taken to task beyond mere voicing of opinions.
However, in doing this and taking any other action, he is accountable to the Nigerian public that voted him into office. Nigerians would hold him liable for the results his ministers produce.
It is hard for politicians to follow this path, but governance is more important than politics, especially where politics is divisive. In democracy; politics is less important than governance. Politics, to politicians entail activities towards the achievement of political power, while governance is details attention to benefits the people derive from electing politicians into power.
President Jonathan should not yield to the temptation of crowding his cabinet with “grassroots politicians”, as is being speculated. The proposed alternative is technocrats. It has been proven that neither technocrats nor politicians hold the key to unlock the gridlocks to development of our country.
He should set out purposely searching for men and women who are ready and willing to serve in an uncommon manner. He needs people who understand the importance of making up for time Nigeria has lost through decades of inattentive leadership and gross inattentiveness to the future of Nigeria.
Nigerians are too concerned about their country’s progress that it would not matter whether the results come from politicians or technocrats.