- State House correspondents were stunned at President Muhammadu Buhari's latest decision on two of his appointees
- The president through one of his media aides, Femi Adesina, announced the sack of two ministers, Mohammed Sabo Nanono and Saleh Mamman
- President Buhari made immediate replacements for the sacked northern appointees who were in charge of agriculture and power respectively
Two Nigerian ministers, Mohammed Sabo Nanono (agriculture and rural development) and Saleh Mamman (power) have been relieved of their duties.
According to The Nation, while the minister of environment, Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, is to replace Nanono, Abubakar Aliyu (minister of state for works), is expected to take over Mamman's office.
The president's decision was announced by his special adviser media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
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Confirming this, another presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari made this resolve during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House chamber.
Shehu explained that the sack is part of the presidency's cabinet reshuffle.
Amaechi denies saying people steal money in Buhari’s administration silently
Meanwhile, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had insisted that he was misrepresented in a recent interview he granted a national newspaper.
The honourable minister was quoted to have said that people are still stealing money from the government purse - but, the stealing is now being done quietly and silently.
The statement from the minister generated controversies, given the fact that the Muhammadu Buhari administration came to power on the mantra of change. In fact, the administration boldly promised to eradicate corruption from Nigeria.
The minister, in saying this, was actually trying to explain that the era in which some people suddenly become wealthy and flaunt it without any fear has passed because they would be prosecuted by the current administration.
“I want Nigerians to be honest; can you openly take money in this government? I am not saying whether we are corrupt or not. Let us assume we are corrupt, can you openly take money in this government?
"In the past governments, what happened? You can take money in the streets. Corruption was so pervasive that nobody was talking about it. It was not hidden that people completely and openly displayed their wealth."