Presidential sources, have revealed that
President Muhammadu Buhari, with the help of Acting President,
Osinbajo, has concluded plans for a major cabinet shake-up.
The sources described the likely changes
as ‘earth-shattering’, because a few of the President’s powerful Aides
and prominent members of the administration, would be affected.
“In the next few weeks, we are entering
the second half of this administration. I can tell you that a major
cabinet reshuffle is on the way. Ministerial vacancies for Kogi and
Gombe States would be filled, while there would also be an exchange of
“Some junior Ministers, whose
relationships with their senior counterparts are not smooth, would also
be redeployed,” the source said.
It was learnt on Saturday, that besides
filling vacancies in his cabinet, the President would redistribute some
He may also divest the former Governor
of Lagos State and current Minister of Power, Works and Housing,
Babatunde Fashola, of one of his portfolios.
However, independent findings revealed
that those to be removed may include: the Chief of Staff to the
President, Abba Kyari; the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Babachir Lawal; and some Ministers, who have been adjudged
as under-performing. A former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole,
is expected to join the cabinet.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, is likely to be affected by the changes.
Currently, two States, Kogi and Gombe, have no representatives in the Federal Executive Council.
Kogi State’s position became vacant
following the death of a former Minister of State, Labour and
Employment, Mr. James Ocholi, SAN, in a road accident, on March 6, 2016.
Also, the Minister of Environment, Amina
Mohammed, who hails from Gombe, left the Federal Executive Council last
month, when she assumed duty as the Deputy Secretary-General of the
Recall, that the President after his return on Friday, promised to rededicate himself to serve Nigerians.
When contacted, Buhari’s Spokesmen, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina denied knowledge of the impending reshuffle.