Buhari sacks ministers of power, agriculture

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the minister of agriculture, Mohammed Nanono, and that of power Saleh Mamman.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement on Wednesday said the minister of environment Mohammed Abubakar has been redeployed to the ministry of agriculture.

He also said the minister of state for works Abubakar Aliyu is to take over as minister of power.

The spokesman said the reshuffle would continue in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

He also said the review became critical in order to reinvigorate the cabinet to deepen capacity and crystallise legacy achievements.

The administration, according to Buhari, approaches a critical phase in its second term, hence the need to rejig the cabinet to strengthen “weak areas, close gaps, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good in the country.”

Buhari’s cabinet reshuffle comes about a year after he redeployed two ministers – current minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo; and the minister of state for Niger Delta affairs Tayo Alasoadura.