EXCLUSIVE:Tension in Buhari’s cabinet as Presidency shops for new hands

EXCLUSIVE:Tension in Buhari’s cabinet as Presidency shops for new hands
 

The much awaited shake up in President Mohammadu Buhari’s uninspiring Government is imminent. sources close to the Presidency have
indicated.
NewsJet exclusively gathered that the planned shake up intended to rejig the machinery of Government prompted the acting President Prof.
Yemi Osinbajo’s last impromptu visit to the United Kingdom earlier in the month.
The need to reorganize the cabinet sources further revealed has been heightened by the recent supreme court judgement which seemed to have
strengthened the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There had been a lot of clamour for the removal of the ministers right from the first anniversary of the regime, as many Nigerians have
maintained that 80 per cent of the ministers had performed far below expectations.
Findings also revealed that some of the ministers appeared to have gotten the wind of the impending shake up as they have become jittery
and are making frantic moves to tidy things up in their various ministries.
The recent comments of the first lady Aisha Buhari that the Lion would soon return and the jackals and baboons would be driven out of the kingdom equally seemed to have indicated her fore- knowledge of the looming changes.

Some ministries that have been merged are also likely to be de-merged to ensure expediency, a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity further disclosed, adding that the ministries like Power, works and Housing will no doubt be restructured in the impending shake up.
NewsJet gathered,for instance, that the administration is highly disappointed that the power, works and housing minister, Bar. Babatunde Fashola who was saddled with the responsibility of running these three key ministries on account of his good records as Lagos State Governor has so far failed to make a mark in any of the areas. For this, NewsJet further learnt, Fashola who is a lawyer will have to be redeployed to a more fitting area, if he is eventually retained in the new cabinet.

It was also reliably gathered that the re-engineering of the machinery of government would happen simultaneously with the unveiling of the
report on the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence
Agency (NIA) Olawale Oke.

The report was said to been ready as at the time the President was leaving for  his medical vacation but the Acting President had to delay action on it to ensure wider consultation and to also obtain the consent of his principal.

 

 

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