Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has said that out of the 46 ministers appointed by President Bola Tinubu, only two are competent.
Babachir made this known during an interview on Arise News TV on Wednesday, November 8.
Babachir argued that the former governor of Ebonyi state, now minister of works, David Umahi and finance minister, Wale Edun, are the only ministers that are “round pegs in round holes”.
He added that he had contacted them and congratulated them on their appointments.
He said; “Based on my knowledge of some of President Tinubu’s friends, I had an idea of who will occupy what position when he announced his cabinet of 46.
“I like to remind you that we were friends with Bola Tinubu for many years and I know the people around him. And I had the suspicion that based on my knowledge of some of his friends, I had an idea of who would occupy what positions and what he is going to do.
“When he has announced his cabinet of 46, to be sincere I only acknowledged two people as being competent and I phoned those two people and congratulated them, and confessed to them that they are round peg in round holes.
“The first person is Dave Umahi, who is the minister of works and before he became a governor, he was a civil engineer, building roads. So I considered him a round peg in a round hole. And I congratulated him on the appointment.
“The second person I thought was a round peg in a round hole was the minister of finance, Mr. Wale Edun. I also congratulated him.”