Indication emerged yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari had resolved from the United Kingdom, where he was for 51 days for medical vacation to tinker with the composition of the Federal Executive Council, report according to Saturday Sun suggests
The alleged cabinet shake-up had created palpable fear among the Ministers and some aides.
According to The Sun Newspaper, President Buhari had, during the meeting with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) members, shortly after he arrived Abuja in a chopper, which flew him from Kaduna NAF base, where his aircraft first touched down, said that: “I deliberately came back towards the weekend, so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest”.
The clarification came as indications emerged that some of the present ministers and political appointees may go in a likely cabinet reshuffle set to be one of the first major actions President Buhari will take on settling down to duty.
It was learnt that the president has resolved to tinker with the FEC, as impeccable sources said, to remove “dead woods”, who have lost relevance or have not contributed meaningfully to his administration’s drive to deliver on its electoral promises.
It was learnt according to Saturday Sun that the period of rest had enabled the president to appraise the performance of his government vis a vis the individual contributions of his ministers and other appointees in their respective portfolios and has thus decided to replace some of them.
However, details of those to be affected are still being kept close to the president’s chest.
It was also gathered that Buhari would review his relationship with some of his political allies, “who took advantage of his long absence to redefine the political agenda along personal selfish interests.”
The Presidency, also, in series of tweets on its twitter handle @DigiCommsNG, described as taking out of context, reports that President Buhari has said he would continue to rest while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo continues to act.