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President Goodluck Jonathan sacks 9 Ministers including Education & Foreign Affairs

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President Goodluck Jonathan is making some major changes.

Today Wednesday 11th September 2013, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria relieved 9 ministers of their posts following the cabinet reshuffle, reports several media outlets including This Day, Sahara Reporters and Channels TV

The ministers sacked include;

  1. Education – Ruqqayatu Rufai
  2. Foreign Affairs – Olugbenga Ashiru
  3. National Planning – Shamsudeen Usman
  4. Land and Urban Development – Amal Pepple
  5. Environment – Hadiza Mailafia
  6. Science and Technology – Ita Ewa
  7. Defence – Olusola Obada
  8. Power – Zainab Kuchi
  9. Agriculture – Tijani Bukar

The Minister for Environment Hadjia Hadiza Mailafia (who was also fired) announced the sacking of the 9 ministers after speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa today.

A source tells Sahara Reporters that there had been speculation for several months that President Jonathan was about to shuffle his cabinet.

BellaNaija.com will keep you updated on the latest about the news.

29 Comments

  1. Straight4ward

    September 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Very Interesting…..Shameless lot…Apparently all the fired Ministers have reputations for corruption and incompetence…but Ministers for Aviation, Justice and Petroleum have “worst reputations for corruption and incompetence” than they do!….Bunch of jokers!!!!…Hisssss

  2. phummie

    September 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    About time..ahn ahn. i hope this yields more sackings and is not just some political stunts, cos there others that are still dere not doing their jobs and are sitting comfortably……

  3. Bella

    September 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    No worries, they’ve likely stolen enough to keep them going till their next ‘job’…

  4. Odenema Godspower

    September 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    This is a welcome development. All political appointees not working very faithfully with Mr. President to actualize total transformation of our dear nation should be shown the way out. I pray God Almighty to guide, protect and direct Mr. President aright.

  5. madman

    September 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    President Jonathan is doing a wonderful job.

  6. Naveah

    September 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    When is he going to fire himself? Because if this is about incompetence, he should be first to vacate his post.

    • Straight4ward

      September 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      I second that!

    • nene

      September 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      please, he is more competent than a lot of our past leaders. for him to be sacking these people is enough for me as a Nigerian. incompetent ministers are what has plagued this nation for years. they give them money and they pocket the money meant for their ministry.nonsense.

    • Hyeladzi

      September 12, 2013 at 1:08 am

      @Nene, don’t be naive babes…this is clearly not about competence. If it was, he’d have sacked a good 95% of the cabinet. He’s playing political chess and weeding out people who may be a problem for him come 2015. Simples!

  7. baby

    September 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Is this a” reshuffle”, a “lay off” or a “sack/dismissal” ?

    • oyin

      September 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      The article says sacked so I assumed it is so

  8. Mama mia!!!

    September 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Only 9? Sack them all xcept minister of water resources (Sarah Ochekpe)… thieves!!!

  9. Mama mia!!!

    September 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    *the

  10. t.c

    September 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    You guys dnt get it,do you? Ur so-called president dsnt rily care abt competence. He’s ‘weeding his farm’ ahead of 2015. Funi pple r commendn hm as if he jst improved d standard of living..

  11. Onye

    September 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Only in Nigeria. Why sack people in high profile jobs? It’s not like it improves the system? Allow them to publicly resign like they do in other countries.

  12. Obiyo Uche Michael

    September 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    that was a nice job done by Mr. presido

  13. nene

    September 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    i think GEJ is a good president. those ministers were not doing anything. i think the best minister has to be Stella Oduah. that woman has done a lot.

  14. omoibo

    September 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    GEJ should have included himself in that list…. 😐

  15. IM

    September 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    This is pathetic. Our president is sacking ministers not because they are incompetent but because they do not share the same political views with him. When??? When are we going to have leaders who make fair decisions that are not politically biased? I find this “cabinet reshuffle” as a cowardly act by Jonathan to remove his potential political opponents. It’s no coincidence that most of these sacked ministers are from the “new-PDP states”. Mr. President please prove me wrong and show that Nigeria’s problem was the sacked ministers’ fault. Anyway, all I care about is that the ASUU strike is called off.

  16. Godsluv22

    September 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This man is a BIG FOOL……How many people this guy sacked since he entered office???? Man God help Naija ohhh…..Its the same oh same oh with these so called leaders….All of them have stolen a huge sum of money……..SMH 🙁

  17. hauwa otun

    September 12, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Its not just abt sacking them but replacing them with beta leaders and not money eating factory leaders…….kudus to Mr President,bt he can do beta..

  18. DocDeola

    September 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Is it me or quite a few women were sacked, also cabinet reshuffles happen in the UK all the time, and though they lose their ministerial role, they still keep their role as members of parliament. In my opinion, I feel he sacked those who are dissenting, without much power to cause wahala with regards to their sacking.
    He is also probably making space to put in place people who have given ‘homage’, in one way or the other to him.
    I think before commending, we have to wait to see who replaces those sacked, and the real story will emerge

  19. Hurperyermie

    September 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

    tanks for doing this Mr. Jolantern at least this is a huge step just replace them with better people i wish u’ve done this earlier than now

  20. Les Cyrilleaux

    September 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Nigerians!! they sacked some ministers and pple r happy, as if it wuld add any gud to our lives. it just shows Goodluck is confused and as indecisive as a ….. . How many times do u re-shuffle ur cabinet during ur stay in power? I’m sorry to say but we have a scared puppet ruling us.

  21. lewpat

    September 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

    AFTER READIN EVRY ONE’S OPINION,I THINK THE GOVERNMENT ARE UP TO NO GOOD:CONSIDERING THE VAST POLITICAL CRISES HITHERTO

  22. phummie

    September 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

    @ onye, i strongly feel in my great country Nigeria with great people, even when they ask them to honorably resign, becos of wat dey re getting they will not burge. Nd threaten like its their father’s post, sumtimes public shame is wat is good for these people. its not like things will automatically get better but………..

  23. pitty

    September 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I think Jonathan is waking up from his slumber. he shd sack more of those incomputent fulls & employ fresh graduates 2 add colour to his administation. b/c as it is now he is doing nothing as far as nigerian are concern. all this group of thieves just fired shd serve as a deterent 2 others still in position. more senators needs 2 be sack.

  24. Babs

    September 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Not 1, 2 or 3? bt 9??? HA HA, This clearly shows how incompetent you are Jonathan. Ur end as a president has come!

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