President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the Ministers of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and Mamman Saleh, his power counterpart.
Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, announced this at a briefing in the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
He said the duo have been replaced with the Ministers of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, and Minister of State, Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu.
The President said the changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review” through sector reporting during Cabinet meetings and at retreats.
Saleh hails from Taraba State while Nanono is from Kano State.
Speaking through Femi Adesina, his media aide, the president said the changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programmes implementation to independent and critical self-review”.
“These significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians.”
“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after inauguration. The weekly Federal Executive Council meetings was not spared because the traditional mode was altered.
“As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavor and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.”
Buhari is not known for reshuffling his cabinet.
During his first term between 2015 and 2019, the ministers who left the cabinet resigned on their own.
Among them were Kemi Adeosun, former Finance Minister, who was involved in a certificate scandal, and Amina Mohammed, former Environment Minister, who got a UN job.