President Muhammadu Buhari says he did not know many of his appointees, including ministers, as of the time he appointed them into top government positions, Punch has reported.
The President said that he only came across their names from the records which he worked with.
Speaking in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke at a state dinner organised in his honour at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, as part of activities marking his state visit.
Buhari said his appointments were based on merit and he always considered what was best for the country in his decisions.
Some of the people holding high positions in the government, like my ministers, will tell you that I didn’t know them from Adam.
I just came across their names from the records and I worked with the records. I thank God that I have a very good team, the President was quoted as saying.
Addressing Ebonyi State Leaders of Thought and Traditional Rulers at a meeting in Government House, the President commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the State visit.
My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is unique among nations.
When I met with leaders from the South East last month in Abuja, they raised several issues of concern, including the state of the roads and infrastructure in the region. I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promises.
Our 2018 Budget includes many strategic projects for the region in the roads, power, agriculture and other sectors he said.
The President had earlier inaugurated the 14.5km Abakiliki-Afikpo Federal road constructed by the Ebonyi State Government.
He also commissioned the 700 metre length of the dual flyover over the Trans-Sahara route running from Enugu to Cameroon, and the Senator Offia Nwali flyover, all in the State capital
In addition, he performed the foundation-stone laying ceremonies of Ebonyi City Mall, another flyover and road tunnel named after him.
The President also unveiled the statue of Sir Akanu Ibiam, a former governor of the old Eastern region, whom he described as a great Nigerian, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.
President Buhari, who commended Governor David Umahi for ”his vision and commitment to the development of the State,” also thanked the traditional rulers of the State led by Eze Charles Mkpuna for conferring him with the chieftaincy title of Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi (Trustworthy friend of Ebonyi).