All other things being equal, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is set to reshuffle his cabinet.
The president returned to Nigeria, from London, United Kingdom, yesterday evening. He went to London from New York, the United States of America, where he attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
The cabinet could be rejigged on or before Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.
Presidency sources said a cabinet shake-up had been on the cards “for a long time now. In fact, the final list is already with the president.”
Another source said the reshuffle confirmed the rejig had been in “the works. Security checks have been concluded and a list of those to be dropped have been tabled before the president. In fact, the reshuffle was to have been done three weeks ago.”
Yet, another presidency source confirmed that “some ministers will be sacked, but Nigerians will definitely be surprised at the calibre of those who will be dropped from the cabinet.
“Although there may or may not be wholesale dissolution, some ministers will still be re-nominated while, for some, they may likely be attending their last Federal Executive Council meeting tomorrow.”
Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, however, denied knowledge of any cabinet reshuffle.
“I’m not in Abuja and I don’t know what is happening there,” he said yesterday night.