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Presidency contemplating cabinet reshuffle after inagurating two ministers

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There might be a cabinet Reshuffling among the ministers as the Presidency is trying to accommodate the two ministers that were inaugurated on Wednesday.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had on Wednesday inaugurated Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe) as ministers over two months after their nominations were confirmed by the Senate.

The inauguration took place inside the Council Chambers of the National Assembly at the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Shortly after administering their oaths of office on them, Osinbajo announced that their portfolios would be announced “shortly.”

He has since not assigned portfolios to the two ministers.

The tradition is that ministers are assigned portfolios immediately after taking their oaths of office.

When our correspondent sought to know when the ministers will be given portfolios on Saturday, a Presidency official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it would be done once the government was ready.

Although he was not specific on when government would be ready, the source indicated that it would be done soon.

He also gave an indication that in taking the decision, the government would not restrict itself to two portfolios.

“Allocation of portfolios to the new ministers will be done when the Federal Government is ready, which is soon.

“That (allocation of portfolios) will be done perhaps broadly beyond two portfolios,” he said.

It will be recalled that the House of Representatives had on July 11 handed down a seven-day ultimatum to Osinbajo to inaugurate the ministers whose names were forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Osinbajo had failed to inaugurate the ministers since Buhari left the country for London, United Kingdom, where he is currently receiving medical attention.

The slots of Kogi and Gombe states in the federal cabinet had been vacant following the death of the Minister of State for Labour, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN), in an accident on March 6, 2016; and the appointment of former Minister of the Environment, Amina Mohammed, as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In inaugurating the ministers on Wednesday, Osinbajo described the Federal Executive Council as one that is committed to the reform programmes of the Federal Government as contained in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Osinbajo had said, “We have focused our attention on key areas of that economic recovery plan and we believe those key areas are things that need to be done to make a difference in the Nigerian economy and in the lives of Nigerians.

“Time and time again we have continued to emphasise the need for ministers to pay particular attention to all the areas that we have highlighted in the economic plan.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

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Boko Haram: 'Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead' Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Former Nigeria’s minister of Education, Dr Obaigeli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to do more than being hurt in restoring peace in the nation.

She made this remark in reaction to President Buhari’s statement that he is hurt following the beheading of 43 farmers in Borno by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Saturday.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Attack By Boko Haram On Borno Farmers

Reacting to the gruesome murder, Ezekwesili urged the President not to be hurt rather pursue justice for victims of the insurgent group.

She wrote:

In another tweet, the former Minister of Education queried the whereabouts of security operatives during the whole attack. She wrote:

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Boko Haram: Insecurity In Nigeria Has Reached Breaking Point, Says Omokri

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Boko Haram: Insecurity In Nigeria Has Reached Breaking Point Says Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that the insecurity in Nigeria has reached a breaking point.

He made this remark in reaction to the reported beheading of 43 farmers in Borno by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Saturday.

In a post on his Twitter page, Omokri condemned the gruesome killing of the farmers by the insurgent group.

Also Read: Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Farmers In Borno

He expressed that the insecurity situation in the country is leading to drifting apart of the nation.

He wrote:

“I condemn the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram. Killing them serves no purpose. Insecurity in Nigeria has reached breaking point. Nigeria is drifting. Our people cant continue like this. Something must give. Something must give.”

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Farmers In Borno

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Buhari Mourns As Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Borno Farmers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the reported slaughter of over 40 Borno farmers by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane.

Buhari’s position on the killings was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as insane, Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno State.’

Also Read: Presidency Clears Air On N150,000 Monthly Payment To Repentant Boko Haram Members

He said: “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls Rest In Peace.”

President Buhari said the government had given all the needed support to the armed forces “to take all necessary steps to protect the country’s population and its territory.”

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