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More Ministers to be sacked, Gusau to become next Defence Minister
There were indications at the weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan may soon sack some of his Ministers following an assessment of their performance.
“Daily Post” gathered that the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau has accepted the offer to become the next Minister of Defence following the recent sack of former acting National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Haliru Mohammed.
Though, it was learnt further that one of the speculated candidates for Defence portfolio, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, had allegedly foreclosed occupying public office since last year.
It was gathered that there is preference for Gusau than a retired Intelligence Officer in the Nigerian Army, Gen. Halilu Akilu.
The President is, however, keeping members of his cabinet in suspense over the imminent shake-up to avoid pressure.
It was learnt that the President has begun discussion with some Nigerians he might bring into the cabinet to revitalise it.
According to findings, the President is keeping his ministers in suspense to avoid pressure from political godfathers.
Although the President had initially opted for a minor cabinet reshuffle, a reliable source said the tone has changed to a ‘strategic’ shake-up.
It was unknown last night how many ministers in the remaining 41-man cabinet would be affected.
The source added: His body language appears as if he will not effect any change but the reality is that some cabinet members will be dropped.
“Jonathan has his own independent assessment of ministers. He knows those who are hard-working and the lazy ones. During his recent media chat, he alluded to the ministerial briefing held by ministers.
“The President is shopping for fresh hands and he has opened up discussions with a few talented Nigerians that might come on board.
“Some ministers who are used to the President’s style do not want to be caught unawares; they have intensified lobbying to remain in the cabinet.
“But the President has kept his game plan secret and he might unfold it soon.”