Sixteen days after the Youth Minister, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, was relieved of his post, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday, carried out a major cabinet reshuffle that removed nine ministers.
The President announced the sack of the ministers shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja even as he said that the names of new ministers will be sent to the Senate for approval.
One of them, former Minister of the Environment, Hadiza Mailafia, betrayed her emotions, when she shed tears. To discourage insinuations, the government said the dropping of the ministers had nothing to do with politics.
Another minister affected, Minister of Education Prof Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai has said she will return to her university job.
She spoke yesterday while handing over to the Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike.
The professor said she would return to the Bayero University, Kano where she was a lecturer before her appointment.
Rufai was a Commissioner of Education in Jigawa State under Governor Sule Lamido for three years before she was appointed Minister of Education by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
The former minister, who expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan for allowing her to serve in his cabinet, promised to always support the President.
Prof Rufai, who spent three years in office, introduced the Four-Year Strategic Plan for the development of the education sector.