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Buhari Fires Agriculture, Power Ministers

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has removed two ministers from their posts, purportedly to re-energize his cabinet.


They are the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and Engineer Saleh Mamman. Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, made this announcement on Wednesday.


Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar has been reassigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development while the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, will take over as Minister of Power, he said.


He stated that the process of filling vacancies will proceed in accordance with the constitution. During the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, President Buhari read a memo to ministers announcing a modest cabinet reshuffle (FEC).


The text reads in part: “On August 21, 2019, the current FEC was sworn in after a rigorous retreat to bring returning and new members up to speed on the accomplishments, challenges, and lessons drawn from my first term in office and to emphasize the nine priority areas of government for the second term. 

“Two years and some months into the second term, the tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review has taken firm roots through sector reporting during cabinet meetings and at retreats.


The text reads in part: “On August 21, 2019, the current FEC was sworn in after a rigorous retreat to bring returning and new members up to speed on the accomplishments, challenges, and lessons drawn from my first term in office and to emphasize the nine priority areas of government for the second term. 

“Two years and some months into the second term, the tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review has taken firm roots through sector reporting during cabinet meetings and at retreats


“These significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians. 

“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after the inauguration. The weekly FEC meetings were not spared because the traditional model was altered. 

“As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavor and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements. 
“Accordingly, a few cabinet changes, marking the beginning of a continuous process, have been approved.” 


President Buhari added: “In due course, substantive nominations will be made to fill the consequential vacancies in accordance with the requirements of the constitution. 

“I have personally met with the departing members to thank them for their contributions to discussions in cabinet and the invaluable services rendered to the nation. Today effectively marks their last participation in the FEC deliberations and I wish them the best in all future endeavors. 

“Finally, I wish to reiterate once more, that this process shall be continuous. Reacting, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has observed that Nigerians are not swayed by the sack of two ministers, noting that the action by President Buhari is “a ludicrous and infective attempt to cover for his failures”


In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s national publicity secretary, the party urged President Buhari and the APC to remember that Nigerians are not persuaded by the sacking of ministers, but rather look forward to the Buhari presidency and the APC’s exit on May 29, 2023.
 Given Mr. President’s public approach to fighting corruption by ‘easing out’ the culprits. The PDP stated that it is researching the true reason for their dismissal.

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