President Buhari sacked two ministers in a minor cabinet reshuffle after an ‘independent and critical self-review,’ that helped to identify ‘weak areas’ in his government, his office has said.
A statement by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the review “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.”
In his statement, Mr Adesina also included the full to text of a speech delivered by the president to his cabinet on Wednesday to announce the sack.
The sack of the power minister, Sale Mamman, and the agriculture minister, Sabo Nanono, on Wednesday.
“In the same vein, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Minister of Environment, was redeployed to assume office as the Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, while Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, Minister of State, Works & Housing will now be the Minister of Power,” Mr Adesina wrote.
In a statement to cabinet members during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday 1st September, President Buhari announced that Mohammed Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Engr. Sale Mamman, Minister of Power were leaving the cabinet.
The President said the changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review” through sector reporting during Cabinet meetings and at retreats.
He added that “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.”