Pres. Jonathan plans cabinet reshuffle, seeks replacement for Barth Nnaji

by Isi Esene

There are indications that the federal cabinet might witness some reshuffling as President Goodluck Jonathan prepares to find suitable replacements for the former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji and the former Defence Minister, Haliru Mohammed Bello.

A source said the president will soon send names of possible replacements to the Senate for screening and approval. It is also speculated that Jonathan will utilize the opportunity to undertake a minor cabinet reshuffle which might see some ministers going to other ministries and a few others dropped outrightly.

Haliru Bello, former defence minister was removed by President Jonathan from office along with former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Patrick Owoeye Aziza. While Aziza was replaced with immediate effect by Col. Sambo Dasuki, Bello’s replacement is still pending.

The source said the president hopes to bring in personalities that will characterize the new face of his administration moving forward.

According to the source, “President Jonathan is desirous of delivering lasting legacy to people. He is troubled that the goodwill, which he enjoyed of Nigerians is beginning to wane. He is sad that his policies and agenda are not gaining traction with the people.

“He may bring on board good salesmen, people who can project his administration in good light. He has realized that he needs to refocus and reinvigorate his administration is he to beat back the bad perception of his administration,” said the source.

It is however not clear when the reported cabinet reshuffle will take place or if the replacement in the power and defence ministries will be chosen from Kebbi and Enugu State where Bello and Nnaji were selected from respectively.

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