Ministerial nominees: Only Buhari can give inauguration date, says Adesina ….. NATION

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• Gowon: Nigerians must deal with security challenges

Only President Muhammadu Buhari can say when the new ministers will be inaugurated, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said yesterday.

Adesina who spoke at the 25th anniversary of  the Scriptural Union of Nigeria, Abuja area and presentation of its book  ‘Acts of the Pilgrims’, said:”after ministers have been screened, the next thing is inauguration ;so let us wait. It is only President Muhammadu Buhari who can give a specific date when the ministers will be inaugurated. He is the one that has the mandate and he is the one bringing the ministers to work with him. So we need to wait until he makes a pronouncement on the date he will be inaugurating them.”

Also speaking at the event, former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, urged Nigerians to unite and deal with the security challenges confronting the nation.

The elder statesman who is also the Chairman of Nigeria Prays urged the Scriptural Union to keep the flame burning, preserve their commitment to active teaching of God’s word, impact institutions, communities and churches.

Gowon who was represented by the National Secretary of Nigeria Prays, Evang. Austin Kemie, said: “this occasion must therefore compel us to reflect deeply on the state of our nation, particularly the issues relating to moral decadence, sexual perversions, restiveness, precarious security challenges and corruption.

“We must rise up to deal with various issues of moral burdens in our educational institutions and labour to arrest the tide through a massive prayer campaign and action.

“If we do not rise to bring our youths into the path of rectitude, then their future prospects will appear gloomy and therefore we cannot build a virile nation of trust, integrity and good governance.”

Among dignitaries present at the occasion was former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.