Speaking on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, President Buhari, during his 3-day working visit to France, spoke in an interview with France 24 described ministers as noisemakers, adding that civil servants whom he referred to as technocrats. are those who do the real work of administration.
He said: “No. It is what we know –and which we learnt from the western system. The civil service provides the continuity, the technocrat. And in any case, they are those that do most of the work,” Buhari said when he was asked if the lack of a cabinet was affecting his government.
“The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of noise; for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But the work is being done by the technocrats. They are there; they have to provide the continuity, dig into the records and then guide us, [those of us] who are just coming in.
They have been there, some of them for 15 years, some for 20 years. So I think this question of ministers is political. People from different constituencies want to see their people directly in government, and see what they can get out of it.”
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