Buhari lists ten ministers that he will sack in 2017

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President Muhammadu Buhari has alerted the Nigerian Senate of his intention to sack no fewer than 10 of his ministers.

The president said the cabinet shake-up will happen in January 2017.

A reliable source told Vanguard Nigeria that the presidency reached out to the Senate early so as avoid rigid screening process.

The President will also use the opportunity to fill the gap left by the sudden demise of former minister of labor, Mr. James Ocholi.

Some of the 10 ministers to be affected by the exercise would be dropped while others would swap portfolios.

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It was also learned that having worked with them for more than a year, the President now knows their strengths and weaknesses.

“In the new year, one of the key assignments the Senate will undertake is the screening of new ministerial nominees.

“They will be replacing some of the ministers that will soon be asked to leave the cabinet,” the source said.

It was also learned that the exercise would affect appointees from the various geopolitical zones.

The presidency opted to carry the Senate along in its subsequent plans.

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This is because it was said to have been taken aback by some of the parliament’s recent decisions.

For instance, the Senate rejected the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Earlier, it had rejected the president’s request for approval of a $30 billion external borrowing plan.

It also turned down the list of non-career ambassadorial nominees and that of National Communications Commission (NCC).

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In addition, it returned the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) before re-considering it stance.

“The senate will set a high standard.

“Security reports will be taken seriously. There will be thorough screening. It will not be a tea party,” he added.

The source disclosed that Lai Mohammed, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Solomon Dalung, Shittu and a host of others will be booted out.