President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in a surprise move sacked two ministers with immediate effect.
The President also announced their replacements.
The affected ministers are the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and the Minister of Power, Mr. Saleh Mamman.
Buhari directed the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar, to take over the Ministry of Agriculture, while the Minister of State for Works, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, has been deployed to the Ministry of Power.
The development was confirmed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Adesina said: “In a statement to cabinet members during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday 1st September, President Buhari announced that Mohammed Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture andRural Development, and Engr. Sale Mamman, Minister of Power were leaving the cabinet.
“In the same vein, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Minister of Environment, was redeployed to assume office as the Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, while Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, Minister of State, Works & Housing will now be the Minister of Power.
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.”