Osinbajo London visit: cabinet shake-up Imminent

Buhari and Osinbajo

It is all part of the fallout of Tuesday’s London meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, sources said, pleading anonymous

Some ministers may be dropped.

The forthcoming action is believed to be delaying the inauguration of the two ministers-designate already confirmed by the Senate.

Some ministers may also swap portfolios in the new plan.

The looming shake-up has caused anxiety among members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

It was also learnt that President Buhari approved all the measures taken by the Acting President to keep the nation united.

Osinbajo was also said to have got approval for some decisions and appointments.

According to the sources, the need to reorder the cabinet for “efficiency” was one of the key issues discussed between the President and the Acting President.

It was however learnt that it might not be a general termination of the Federal Executive Council( FEC) “because the nation cannot afford such a luxury now”.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “There is likely shake-up of the cabinet in line with the new fast-pace focus of the Buhari administration. Some of the ministers cannot cope with the portfolios assigned to them.

“Some ministers were also found to be behind the crisis of confidence between the Executive and the National Assembly.

“So, apart from dropping some, others may swap portfolios for efficiency. It is just some restructuring of the cabinet to ensure service delivery.”

Responding to a question, the source added that there had been anxiety among members of the Federal Executive Council ( FEC).

“Obviously, there is disquiet in the cabinet on this latest development. I think the likely changes in the cabinet accounted for the delay in inaugurating two ministers-designate.

“I cannot tell you when the changes will be effected but the cabinet shake-up came up as an item between the two leaders, “ the source added.

Osinbajo is believed to have briefed the President on the renewed separatist and secession agitation.

It was gathered that Buhari was shocked by the situation and insisted that Nigeria must be kept united.

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