The Nigerian president, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received Outgoing Ministers and members of the Federal Executive Council in State House, Abuja.
Buhari held a meeting with the Ministers where he thanked them for their service to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavors
The President alongside Chief of Staff Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and SGF Boss Mustapha received the following outgoing ministers: Outgoing Ministers of Petroleum Timpre Sylva, Labour & Employment Chris Ngige, Minister of State Mines & Steel Uche Ogah, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Science Technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen, Minister of State Niger Delta Tayo Alasoadura as he receives Outgoing members of the Federal Executive Council
Others are: Outgoing Ministers of Petroleum Timpre Sylva, Labour & Employment Chris Ngige, Minister of State Mines & Steel Uche Ogah, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen, Minister of State Niger Delta Tayo Alasoadura as he receives Outgoing members of the Federal Executive Council in State
President Buhari had on Wednesday directed that all members of Federal Executive Council who are seeking elective position must resign before Monday. A directed which saw ministers who have already picked up presidential nomination forms ahead of 2023 resigning to pursue their ambition.
According to Femi Adesina, Speaking at a valedictory session for appointees leaving the cabinet to pursue political ambitions, the President said:
”I have no doubt that if the next President emerges from among former members of this cabinet, like any other aspirant, ample competence and outstanding service delivery would be on display. This will be part of our legacies to Nigerians.”
The President, who commended the departing public officers for serving the nation sacrificially, ”with dignity and honour”, had at the last FEC meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 directed that all Ministers and other political appointees who aspire to contest for elective offices in the 2023 General Elections should resign their current appointments.
”I note that some have complied while others are in the process of doing so.
”I would like to use this opportunity to commend your decision and courage to contest for elective offices and your compliance with my directive.
”I also wish to thank you for your invaluable services to this nation through your contributions as Cabinet members.
”I wish you success in the upcoming elections and in your future endeavours,” he said.
President Buhari told the ministers that looking back as the head of the team over the years, he had fond memories of incisive and robust discussions during cabinet meetings, rendering of performance reports during special sessions and presidential retreats.
”In 2015, citizens of this country overwhelmingly voted for me to become the President of this nation on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
”Selecting members of the Cabinet went through a careful process so that the best and most competent could emerge. The performance of that class of 2015 proved me right.
”In 2019, Nigerians similarly re-elected me as President. Again the selection went through another meticulous process.
”That re-election was significant because it served as a referendum on our performance during the first term and it inspired me to bring back some of the members of the first cabinet either to their old Ministries or re-assigned to other sectors.
”New Members were also brought on board to inject fresh energies, skills and ideas to enhance the execution of government’s programs and policies.
”With these and much more, I am happy to note that a significant number of cabinet members have become sufficiently equipped to aspire to higher elective offices, including the Office of the President. This shows the impact of the experience gathered while serving as members of the Federal Executive Council,” he said.
The President acknowledged that prior to some of them joining his cabinet; they had made their marks in other areas as governors, legislators, entrepreneurs and core professionals.