After Sacking Two Ministers, Buhari Tells Others to Expect More

President Muhammadu Buhari has told his cabinet members to expect more termination letters in the coming months as his administration goes into “its critical phase” in the second term.

Buhari stated this shortly before announcing the sacking of the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and his power counterpart, Mamman Saleh.

Their sacking, according to the president, would mark the “beginning of a continuous process”.

Nanono and Saleh were among 44 ministers sworn in by the president on November 11, 2019.

According to report, President Buhari had told the ministers that he would give them “implementation targets” that must be archived and which would be reviewed from time to time.

The president had vowed to ensure that every minister in his second cabinet delivered on the specific targets attached to their portfolios.

“The incoming Ministers, who will be sworn in next week, will receive clear implementation targets tied to their portfolios. We will ensure these targets are complied with; performance will be monitored by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” the president had said in tweet on August 14, 2019.

In what could be termed a promise kept, Buhari announced Nanono and Saleh’s exit at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.

He also announced that, Mohammad Mahmood Abubkakar, Minister of Environment, would take over as the Minister of Agriculture while the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, will assume office as the new Minister of Power.

Buhari said the move was necessary to “reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.”

He said, “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 Federal Executive Council deliberations and I wish them the best in all future endeavours.”

Buhari added, “I wish to reiterate once more, that this process shall be continuous.”

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