Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sacked nine ministers in what is his first major cabinet reshuffle since winning the election over two years ago. Yahoo News reported on Sept. 11, 2013, that the firing of the ministers happened less than two weeks after ruling party governors and a former presidential candidate formed a splinter group opposing Jonathan.
This move happened amid tensions within the ruling party and while Jonathan's rivals are making early maneuvers ahead of the 2015 elections.
The Nigerian sacked ministers include:
- Foreign Minister Olubenga Ashiru
- Education Minister Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai
- Housing Minister Ama Pepple
- National Planning Minister
- Environment Minister
- Science Minister
- Technology Minister
- Junior Ministers for Defence, Agriculture, and Power
"They will be replaced but not immediately," a spokesman told reporters at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting.
It has been said that a list of new ministers would soon be sent over to the senate for confirmation.
Reporters were looking for some sort of explanation as to why the Nigerian ministers were sacked by Jonathan, but there was no immediate reason given for the changes in the cabinet.
"As the president said, government is retooled from time to time to bring a new lease of life to an administration," Information Minister Labaran Maku told journalists.
"It is a normal process, and the president has given them the assurance that they will continue to be useful to this administration and to this country."