Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked nine cabinet ministers in what is somewhat of a shocking move. It is his first major reshuffling since he was elected 2 years ago.
Just over 2 weeks ago, seven of the country’s powerful state governors and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar formed a splinter-group in the PDP, and this has caused major tensions in the ruling political party, and you get the sense that this reshuffling is an effect of that move.
Among those sacked are the ministers of foreign affairs, education, science and technology, housing and urban development, national planning, and environment. The ministers of state – the junior minister for each office – for power, agriculture and defence have also been sacked.
A spokeman told reporters that the sacked ministers will be replaced soon.