President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the mounting pressure for him to appoint Ministers for his new tenure.

Buhari said unlike the past tenure where he worked with people he did not really know, this time around he would only appoint those whose track record he was personally sure of.

The president said this in a maiden meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly, held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday night.

Buhari said that only those tested and capable of delivering on assigned mandates will make the ministerial list.

He said “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peacefully.

“I’m very much aware about it; I’m under tremendous pressure on it. But the last cabinet which I headed, most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals.

“I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month. So I know them.

“But, this time around… I will pick people I personally know,’’ he said.