Veteran actor, a chieftain of the Labour Party (LP) and spokesperson for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Kenneth Okonkwo has criticised the ministerial list of President Bola Tinubu.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Okonkwo said the list was “lopsided” and “does not reflect the diversity of Nigeria.” He also accused Tinubu of “rewarding his loyalists” with ministerial positions.
According to the actor, the salaries that would be used in paying the 47 ministers will be extorted from Nigerians through inordinate taxing, over-pricing of essential commodities and borrowing from outside the county.
Okonkwo noted that no state and geo-political zone is allowed to have more than three ministers when others have not gotten a nomination saying that it is written in the Federal Character Principle Commission Act and the Senate should be reading the laws.
He wrote: “What a regime? We are heading towards being the poorest country in the world, and this regime is considering setting up the most bloated bureaucracy in the world, which will lead to the highest cost of governance in the world. 47 Ministers when the government is only compelled to have 37. The money to be used to pay them will eventually be extorted from Nigerians through inordinate taxing and over pricing of essential commodities, and borrowing from outside sources because APC regimes produce nothing. I pity Nigerians under this clueless regime
“The proposed ministerial list before the Senate is a blatant breach of the Federal Character Principle Commission Act. No State is allowed to have 3 Ministers when all States have not gotten 2 and no Geo-Political Zone is allowed to have 2 more than any other Geo-Political Zone”.