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Panic grips Buhari’s ministers, top aides over anticipated cabinet reshuffle

Following speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari may soon effect a cabinet reshuffle, panic has overwhelmed ministers and top aides, who have resorted to lobbying to retain their jobs.

President Buhari returned to the country last Friday, after close to two months’ vacation in the United Kingdom where he also underwent medical treatment. He is expected to resume duties today.

Daily Sun gathered that in order to inject fresh blood into government as well as boost confidence, the Buhari government may now rejig the cabinet, which could affect as many as 10 ministers and heads of some government agencies. In the exercise, some ministers will be dropped, while others will swap positions.

This is coming barely four months after the Presidency reportedly hinted the Senate of a likely cabinet shake-up, towards the end of last year.

Sources revealed that since the plan for cabinet change filtered into town, ministers and top aides, afraid of losing their jobs, had been meeting those close to two governors in the North believed to be close to President Buhari, members of the president’s kitchen cabinet and close associates, for them to put in words for their retention.
Sun, March 13, 2017

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