Rauf Aregbesola, the newly appointed Minister of Interior Affairs, says he does not know anything about the Ministry. He was appointed as the Minister of Interior by President Buhari on Wednesday August 21st.
Shortly after his portfolio was assigned to him, Rauf Aregbesola visited the headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja where he told the staff that he knows next to nothing about the Ministry.
The former governor told the staff that apart from stories about the ministry on the pages of the Newspaper, he had no idea about the operations and policies of the Ministry.
“My relationship with the ministry is distant. What I know about the ministry is what I read in the Newspapers,” he told the staff
The Handing Over
Rauf Aregbesola instructed the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, who had been in charge since the dissolution of the last cabinet, to continue running the ministry until Monday when he would formally take over.
“I will come to take over on Monday. I give the Permanent Secretary the grace to run the ministry till then. We will be ready by Monday to take on the huge assignment,” the minister stated.
He assured the staff of the ministry and personnel of all paramilitary agencies under the ministry of purposeful leadership while urging them to be ready for more work as he would be demanding much more from them.
He stated, “I promise you a realistic, reasonable and commendable leadership.”
Earlier in her speech, Ehuriah said the ministry needed “a focused person like you (minister)” to lead it on account of its strategic position in the security architecture of the country.
She said the proper handing over ceremony would take place on Monday.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is a part of the Federal Ministries of Nigeria tasked with the responsibility of providing complementary Internal security and other support services within Nigeria.