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Buhari may drop 10 ministers

19 December 2016, 12:01

Abuja - Strong indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari may drop no fewer than 10 cabinet ministers, while some would be asked to swap portfolios at the turn of the new year, Vanguard reports.

The decision to reshuffle the cabinet is coming on the heels of indication that the Presidency has tapped leaders of the Senate to secure prompt and less rancorous screening process.

Already, two vacancies are existing in the ministerial portfolio, following the death of Barrister James Ocholi, the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment in March and the exit last week of the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed.

The Environment Minister is leaving the present administration to take up the post of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

Sources close to the Presidency and the National Assembly said yesterday in Abuja that the Presidency was wary of a continuation of recent bashing from the Senate, a situation that had seen a number of nominees dropped during confirmation.

News24 reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has begun to look for replacements for under-performing and ‘unknown’ ministers in his cabinet.

The move came following the outcry that has trailed the performances of his ministers in the last one year.

Presidential sources revealed that the President is set to fire under-performing ministers also based on the controversial interview his wife, Aisha granted the BBC Hausa Service.



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