“In reality, the president stated that he had examined the cabinet's performance and that they needed to be reenergized for the final stretch. He stated that he wanted to focus on legacy performance and projects.
“He needed a pick-me-up, but he made no mention of his lackluster performance.”
The president's spokeswoman also stated that the two ministries in question had areas that need to be improved, implying that the president's move was motivated by a desire to improve these areas.
“If you look at the nine priority areas, you'll find that, as much as the ministers held me in high regard, there are places where we can improve,” he remarked.
“Perhaps that is why the president did what he did, because he must have what he wants to achieve in those two areas in the 20 months he has left in office. However, it was far from a red card for their performance.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced the dismissal of two members of his cabinet on September 1.
Saleh Mamman, the minister of power, and Sabo Nanono, the minister of agriculture and rural development, were among the cabinet members who were affected.
Former Minister of Environment Mohammad Abubakar is now Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, while former Minister of State for Works and Housing Abubakar Aliyu is the Minister of Power.
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