Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 2015.
But it took him about six months to draft up a list of ministers for his administration. In November 2015, a list of ministers was submitted. They were screened and then assigned portfolios. We’ve been watching some of them speak and here are ten of the ridiculous statements they’ve said this year.
1. Even under Goodluck, we were in a recession – Rotimi Amaechi
Not sure what the point was but it doesn’t make the fact that we’re in a recession less painful you know? According to him, the country was in a recession but he was told to hide the fact by the then co-ordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
2. Recession is just a word – Kemi Adeosun
The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun went on Twitter to say that “Recession was just a word” and then later denied ownership of a twitter account.
3. We didn’t expect the Super Falcons to win – Solomon Dalung
Your favourite red beret minister said that he didn’t expect the Super Falcons to win the African Cup of Nations and as thus, won’t pay them for winning. Just when you thought you had heard it all.
4. Dressing Masquerades Can Create Jobs – Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed mentioned that there is a masquerade in the South East that can be well packaged to provide employment in a week for people to dress and undress him. He even went on to add that these are some of the untapped potentials.
5. The disabled athletes have shown that all you need is a winning penalty and not too much preparation, they trained under the same condition with their able-bodied counterparts but they are winning medals now – Solomon Dalung
Pretty much all he said. Solomon Dalung implied by this statement that the Paralympians who won more medals than their Olympian counterparts did so through little preparation.
6. We will produce pencils – Ogbonnaya Onu
Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has disclosed that Nigeria will start producing its own pencils in the year 2018
7. Nigerians bloated lifestyle fuels recession – Anthony Anwukah
Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwukah blamed Nigerians saying that the lifestyle and inability to readjust to the present economic situation is responsible for why the recession is severely felt.
8. We will import grass for ranches and grazing – Audu Ogbeh
The Minister of Agriculture mentioned that the country will import grass for ranches and grazing and explained the need for imported grass mentioning that “Grass is not just grass. If the grass does not have 15% good protein, amino acids and other necessary nutrients, it is then not good enough for the cow to eat.”
9. Our U-23 team is suffering in the United States of Nigeria – Solomon Dalung
10. The government is working silently – Lai Mohammed
The honourable minister was asked about why there seemed to be a silence of the Nigerian government to issues of killing and destruction of properties by Fulani Herdsmen and that was his retort.