President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the 2019 Presidential Inauguration Committee, according to a statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). The committee will be chaired by the SGF, Boss Mustapha, and comprises other members like the Minister of Information & Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rtd Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama: and the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello.
Other members are Minister of Defence, Minister of Health, Minister of Education, Minister of State (Aviation), National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Inspector General of Police, Director General (Department State Services), Commander, Brigade of Guards, Permanent Secretary (State House), Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) – Member and Permanent Secretary (Political & Economic Affairs Office).
The brief for the committee which will be inaugurated this Thursday include:
- To plan, organize and execute all approved activities for the 2019 Presidential Inauguration.
- Co-opt any organization(s) person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the programme.
- Document for posterity, all planned activities for the Inauguration.
- Carry out any other assignment as may be required towards the successful implementation of the programme.
Sign of things to come? We hope so. It has taken the president less than three weeks after his victory to announce this committee. That is lightning pace compared to the way this president normally does things. After all, this is the president who took almost seven months to appoint ministers, and still ended up with one who forged her NYSC certificate and one who chose not to serve at all. It took him over two years to fill most positions for boards and agencies of the government and he still ended up appointing dead people as members. He is the president who takes great pride in being referred to as Baba-Go-Slow. So appointing an inauguration committee in three weeks is an achievement. More of this please.