Mohammed Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Sale Mamman, Minister of Power, were both fired.
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The president, speaking through his media aide Femi Adesina, said the changes were in line with his “tradition of subjecting our projects and programmes to independent and critical self-review.”
“These significant review steps have assisted in identifying and strengthening weak areas, closing gaps, strengthening governance cohesion and synergy, managing the economy, and improving the delivery of public goods to Nigerians.”
“I must commend this cabinet for displaying unrivalled resilience in assisting the government in navigating the disruption to global systems and governance caused by COVID-19’s emergence shortly after inauguration. Because the traditional mode was changed, the weekly Federal Executive Council meetings were not spared.
“As we all know, the only constant in every human endeavour is change, and as this administration enters its critical second term, I believe it is critical to reinvigorate this cabinet in a way that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy accomplishments.”
Buhari has a reputation for not rearranging his cabinet.
Ministers who left the cabinet during his first term, from 2015 to 2019, did so on their own.
Former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, who was involved in a certificate scandal, and former Environment Minister Amina Mohammed, who got a UN job, were among them.
During his second term, the president reappointed 12 ministers.