President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked two ministers from his cabinet.
The two cabinet members affected are Saleh Mamman, the minister of power; and Sabo Nanono, the minister of agriculture and rural development.
Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, announced the termination of their appointment on Wednesday.
As part of the cabinet restructuring, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, the minister of environment, is expected to assume office as the minister of agriculture and rural development.
Abubakar Aliyu, the minister of state for works and housing, will take over as the minister of power.
President Buhari is not known for sacking his ministers or rejigging his cabinet until the end of his tenure.
He is the first Nigerian president since 1999 not to have rejigged his cabinet in a four-year tenure.
After his reelection in 2019, he explained why he decided to retain his cabinet ministers in spite of pressure from some quarters to disengage some of them.
“Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational,” the president had said.
“It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength.
“We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve – A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered.”
The President said the changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review” through sector reporting during Cabinet meetings and at retreats.
He added that “these significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians.”
“Change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavour and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.
“Accordingly, a few cabinet changes, marking the beginning of a continuous process, have been approved.”
“In due course, substantive nominations will be made to fill the consequential vacancies in accordance with the requirements of the constitution.
“I wish to reiterate once more, that this process shall be continuous.”